Nottingham Forest are set to offer Kieron Freeman the chance to return to the City Ground, according to the Daily Mail.

The former academy graduate left the Reds in 2012 to sign for bitter rivals Derby County, before heading for Sheffield United in 2015.

The versatile full-back was a key part of Chris Wilder’s team that won promotion to both the Championship and the Premier League.

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Freeman was released following a ninth-place finish for the Blades during 2019/20 and is now on the lookout for a new club as a free agent.

The defender only managed six minutes of football last season but excelled for the Blades prior to their promotion.

During the 2016/17 campaign, he scored 11 goals and registered six assists as they won League One at a canter.

Freeman was also named in the PFA League One Team of the Year for his efforts, operating largely on the right of midfield that season.

During the following campaign, a knee injury saw him make just 10 appearances, before playing 22 times as the Blades won promotion to the top-flight.

 

Freeman’s arrival would almost certainly come on the back of Matty Cash leaving the club.

Several interested parties have emerged from the Premier League and it seems Forest are looking at contingency options.

Carl Jenkinson filled in last season, whilst Tendayi Darikwa is without an appearance in well over a year after surgery on a knee ligament problem.

Jayden Richardson is also on the books and if Freeman does arrive, he will almost certainly head out on loan again after a stint at Exeter last season.

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It seems likely that supporters will take Freeman potentially arriving at the club with a pinch of salt. If he comes he comes, if he doesn’t, no problem.

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What it might mean, however, is that the club’s recruitment are willing to change their stance after a miserable January transfer window.

Unknow quantities Adama Diakhaby and Nuno Da Costa were added, whilst Gaetan Bong has come in and hardly played.

Freeman might not be a massive name but he does know the league and on a free transfer he might turn out to be a solid enough player.

At 28 he has plenty of football left in his legs and the fact that he knows the league would be a big step in the right direction for the people signing the players at the club.

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