Nottingham Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi has told Nottinghamshire Live that he wants the club to make a decision on the future of defender Michael Dawson.
The 36-year-old will see his two-year contract end during the summer and the Reds incumbent is keen to see him stay.
Dawson has collected four England caps during his career and this season he has featured 15 times for Forest.
Lamouchi has no qualms that Dawson is still capable of doing a job for Forest; although he is also keen for him to remain involved when he does call time on his playing days.
He told Nottinghamshire Live: “I could talk about Michael Dawson every week and every day. I am so surprised by him. He is a fantastic player, but also a fantastic man.
“I was a player before and I never played with players like him, with his mentality. If he plays, he is positive, if he doesn’t play, he is positive as well. He is very smart, very clever and very important.”
“It’s his passion. For me, if I was the owner, I would keep him for the rest of his career and for the future.
“He needs to do something with the club – it is very important for his second life (after playing), for him. It’s also important for the club.”
Dawson has fallen behind Joe Worrall and Tobias Figueiredo in the pecking order this season.
The veteran did start the campaign as the first choice, alongside Worrall in the Forest team.
An injury picked up at Stoke in September saw him lose his place and he has struggled to oust the current centre-backs since.
There is little doubt that Dawson could still do a job at Forest. Even if he was to only play a bit-part role on the pitch, he’d be a great player to have around the dressing room.
The former Tottenham man is a model professional and loves Nottingham Forest. As a result, Lamouchi is right to want to keep him around the football club.
Some would be sceptical over him extending his playing contract, although the pros outweigh the cons.
Forest have a young squad and keeping Dawson around to blend them into a close-knit squad might be a useful asset.
The experienced head will be a role model for a lot of the younger players and hopefully, Forest can sort something in the coming weeks.