Alfreton Town have signed Nottingham Forest youngster Danny Preston on a short-term loan.
The 19-year-old left-back has arrived at the Impact Arena on a month’s youth loan.
Preston has featured heavily for Chris Cohen’s Forest Under-23 side this season. His development both as a player and as a person has seen him been handed the captain’s armband.
Sabri Lamouchi has given the likes of Brennan Johnson and Alex Mighten opportunities in the first-team this season. However, Preston hasn’t quite been able to force his way into Lamouchi’s thinking just yet.
Prior to the 2018/19 campaign, he was training with Aitor Karanka’s squad during pre-season. There’s no doubt that he’s got the potential to be a future first-team player at the City Ground.
It was always going to be difficult for him to make his breakthrough this season though.
Lamouchi has Jack Robinson and Yuri Ribeiro to choose from at left-back. They have both proven that they are quality players in the Championship. It would be a huge gamble to drop either of them for an inexperienced youngster.
For this reason, it’s a sensible decision by both the club and the player for him to join Alfreton on a short-term loan.
Alfreton boss Billy Heath is certainly excited by the youngster’s arrival. He revealed he’ll come straight into the squad for Saturday’s game against Gateshead.
He told the club’s official site: “He is a solid left-back with bags of quality. He has an excellent physical side to him so he will adapt well to the National League North.
“Forest rate him highly. We hope he will make an impact for us. We look forward to working with him. Danny comes straight into the squad and is available for Saturday.”