Michael Dawson has not figured for Nottingham Forest since January 22, but he has been kicking every ball and living every minute on the touchline.

The Reds’ club captain has only seen three outings this calendar year.

And 15 in total across a 2019-20 campaign which started so positively before fitness issues struck once more.

Dawson forged an impressive centre-half partnership with Joe Worrall early on.

That baton has now been passed to Tobias Figueiredo.

It appears unlikely to be put down again anytime soon.

Portuguese power is currently winning out over English grit.

Relative youth is also being favoured to vast experience.

Dawson will not be kicking up any kind of fuss.

In fact, he is doing quite the opposite.

At 36 years of age, he knows his playing days are coming to a close.

Attention has already started to shift towards a career away from the field.

Cheerleader

Toes have been dipped into the media pool, while coaching badges are also being collected.

Dawson has been tipped to become a manager at some point, and what better place to start down that path than at the City Ground!

He sat alongside Simon Ireland in a caretaking capacity when Aitor Karanka departed Trentside last season.

That was an official role.

He is currently unofficial cheerleader in chief.

‘Bench Cam’ has become a welcome addition to Forest’s social media output this season.

Dawson has figured prominently.

Rarely on this seat for more than seconds at a time, the ex-England international oozes passion.

Words of encouragement and advice are offered alongside those of Sabri Lamouchi.

Goal celebrations ramp things up another notch.

There is then the video from Saturday’s clash at The Hawthorns which has been widely circulated.

Feelings

 

Some rather colourful language prevents us from repeating what was said.

You will have seen it already.

Keith Stroud’s performance against the Baggies won him few admirers in the Forest camp.

Dawson made his feelings clear.

Many of us were offering the same assessment – just not while sat among the substitutes!

A product of the Reds’ academy system cares deeply about the club.

He has shown that on the field across two productive spells on Trentside, and is now doing likewise in a support role.

A standing as a modern day legend is safely secured, but continues to be enhanced.

Dawson will hope that there are more minutes in him yet.

His current contract is due to expire in the summer and no decision appears to have been made as yet regarding his future.

Forest do, however, already have the likes of Chris Cohen and Andy Reid calling shots behind the scenes.

Dawson is playing his part in the first-team camp for now and appears destined to prolong his association with the club in some capacity come the end of the season.

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