It was something of a relief to see Matty Cash commit to a new contract at Nottingham Forest, but he says we shouldn’t have worried.
The 22-year has, as announced on the club’s official website, penned a three-and-a-half-year deal.
That agreement is intended to keep him at the City Ground until at least the summer of 2023.
Cash is, however, already looking beyond that point.
Fresh from thrashing out one set of terms, the plan is to enter into more discussions at a later date.
He has said in the Nottingham Post: “I’ve signed this new contract but I already want the next contract.
“That’s the person and I am it’s the family I’ve got. I’m always grounded, working hard and that’s how you get through life.”
Such a mentality is to be applauded.
Never rest on your laurels and always look towards hitting the next target.
Cash has demonstrated those qualities throughout his time at the City Ground, with 100 per cent effort guaranteed every time he takes to the field.
Forest stand to be the ones to benefit from that for many years to come.
The hope is that key men can be retained alongside Cash.
He had been generating transfer talk himself heading towards the winter window, but claims to have paid little attention to it.
Cash added in the Post: “I don’t listen to any of that. I’m a Forest player and I want my future to be here. I wanted to get a new contract and I didn’t listen to paper talk.
“I love it here. The club are going up. They want to go into the Premier League and I want to go there. This is the place I want to play my football.”
All music to the ears of Forest followers everywhere.
Hopefully there will be similar statements to come from a few others.
Joe Worrall is another to have sparked rumours of potential interest from the Premier League.
Sabri Lamouchi is also being mooted as a contender to fill vacant top-flight posts.
It is imperative that both are kept on Trentside.
An ideal world would see them take a leaf out of Cash’s book and make very public statements of intent.
Lamouchi is only tied to a deal through to the end of the season, so there is clearly work to be done there.
Worrall is a home-grown star living the dream at the club he supported as a boy, so keeping him happy should be a little easier.
Cash, though, has set the trend for others to follow.
There were never any thoughts on his part of heading elsewhere, and hopefully a few around him are of a similar mindset.