Nottingham Forest youngster Jake Taylor has put pen-to-paper on a new contract at the City Ground.
The club confirmed the news on the official website this afternoon with the 21-year-old set to return to Port Vale on loan for the rest of the 2019/20 campaign.
Taylor was in fine form during the first half of the campaign at Vale Park. He netted seven goals and registered one assist from his natural central midfield role.
His current deal was due to expire on Trentside in the summer but he has impressed sufficiently to earn a new one.
Taylor is very much a box-to-box type of midfielder and boss Sabri Lamouchi has clearly seen enough to warrant a new deal being offered.
Sending him back to Port Vale is ideal. He was brilliant under John Askey during the first half of the campaign and he will undoubtedly get more minutes under his belt.
This news will come as a pleasant surprise to Forest supporters.
Many had predicted that he would leave during the summer given that he’d never really had a sniff of first-team action.
This development, however, implies that he may return in the summer and earn a chance to impress Lamouchi further.
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This is further evidence that the future is bright at Forest.
Gone are the days when decent players are allowed to leave without earning a sufficient chance to impress.
At 21, it would have been so easy for Forest to release Taylor at the end of this season but somebody has clearly seen enough in the player.
If he can get some more minutes under his belt at Port Vale then he could come back and win himself a place in Lamouchi’s Forest squad for next season.