Nottingham Forest News understands that Alex Mighten is poised to sign his first professional contract with the club.

The 17-year-old is set to commit his long-term future to the Reds.

Mighten has been part of a famed academy system at the City Ground since the age of eight.

He is a Nottingham native and another example of the fine work being overseen by Gary Brazil and all of those in the youth ranks.

The hope is that Mighten will go on to fulfil his undoubted potential with the Reds.

Alongside a number of other home-grown stars.

Joe Worrall and Michael Dawson have struck up a formidable partnership at the heart of the back four, having both come through the system.

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Ryan Yates is another seeing plenty of senior game time after proving his worth.

Brennan Johnson is held in the highest regard by those on Trentside, with big things expected of the Wales U21 international.

He has already followed in the footsteps of father David by gracing the famous Garibaldi.

The 18-year-old has also penned a long-term contract with Forest this season (as has Matty Cash).

His agreement was announced back in September, with his stock rising on the back of outings for club and country.

Sabri Lamouchi said at the time of the opportunities being afforded to youngsters: “It is not only him, we have different players – Mighten, from the academy, is of the same quality.

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“They need to stay with us and work with the first-team, and maybe we will give them some time on the pitch.

“They are young, but working with us every day will be of very good benefit for them.”

The benefit of that work is clear for all to see.

Mighten followed Johnson’s lead by making his senior bow in the Carabao Cup third round defeat at Arsenal.

That experience will have stood him in good stead for what is hopefully to follow.

There is certainly plenty of potential to be unlocked in the promising winger, who is an established part of the England U18 squad.

Forest are now buying his current ability and future growth, with professional terms just reward for an exciting talent seemingly destined for the top.

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