Nottingham Forest have tied Joe Worrall to a new contract, in another welcome show of ambition from the club and a prized asset.

In theory, a home-grown talent is going nowhere any time soon.

The same applies to Matty Cash, who committed his future to the Reds earlier in the season.

As did exciting youngsters Brennan Johnson and Alex Mighten.

Notable ticks in important boxes.

Getting Worrall over the line is arguably the pick of the bunch.

There was no real need to enter into discussions regarding fresh terms, given that he was already working on a deal through to 2022.

Progress should, however, be rewarded.

Especially when said development is attracting admiring glances from afar.

Worrall was the subject of unwelcome speculation in January.

As was Cash.


Forest had no need to sanction sales as long-term vision had been shown.

That has merely been underlined by a further extension for Worrall.

His asking price has just been nudged up a few million pound.

There is, of course, no denying that every player has a price.

In a world where players can move for €222 million, it would be foolish to believe that a signature on a piece of paper is any sort of guarantee.

Worrall, though, is not a Neymar.

A no-nonsense centre-half is tied to Forest by more than a contract.

The club is in his blood.

He has, in that honest way of his, admitted that professional ambition has him yearning for a shot at the Premier League.

At 23 years of age, you would expect nothing else.

If anything, it would be a little concerning if top-flight dreams were not being formed.

The intention is, though, for a step up to be taken with Forest.



The Reds are giving Worrall reason to believe that is possible.

As they have done with Cash – another of those who saw the latest deadline pass with a deaf ear turned to transfer gossip.

Forest have worked hard to put foundations for future success in place and are not about to rip them down.

That approach has been taken in the past.

Money has talked at times.

Evangelos Marinakis is a different kind of owner and the Reds are moving in a very different direction.

The right one!

Worrall is buying into that.

An important part of the playing staff is willing to give the coaches and board time to deliver on ultimate goals.

Meanwhile, the club strengthens its insurance policy.

Worrall will not be easily prised from the City Ground and a return to the Premier League Promised Land at some point in the near future will only serve to edge him further away from the vultures that have started to circle.

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