Nottingham Forest academy director has tweeted his mixed emotions after the club agreed on a deal to sell Matty Cash to Aston Villa.
The Telegraph confirmed this afternoon that the Reds had accepted a bid of £16 million for the 23-year-old, with a medical set to take place in the next 24 hours.
Cash is yet another product of the youth academy, overseen by Brazil, to fetch the club a multi-million payment.
Following news that Cash is on his way out of the City Ground, the long-serving member of staff took to Twitter to offer his thoughts.
Mixture of emotions for the Academy today. Excited for and proud of Matty’s progress throughout his time at the Club. Saddened to lose a lovely human being and someone who has been a wonderful ambassador and embodies everything strong in our Academy. All the very best Cashy 👍👍 https://t.co/k9unRbHOKA
— Gary Brazil (@GazBraz) September 2, 2020
Everyone connected with Nottingham Forest will wish Cash well as he looks set to embark on an adventure playing Premier League football.
Villa boss Dean Smith has a proud record of working with young talent and Cash could soon feel right at home at Villa Park.
Forest’s loss simply serves to highlight a sign of the times at the City Ground and reiterates that the club desperately needs Premier League football.
If the Reds are to start keeping hold of some of their prized assets then they simply have to find a way to break into the country’s elite division sooner rather than later.
Brazil deserves every accolade and superlative that is thrown in his direction at Forest, with the key figure worth his weight in gold.
In years gone by Oliver Burke, Karl Darlow, Jamaal Lascelles, Ben Brereton, Arvin Appiah, Ben Osborn and now Cash have all fetched the Reds big paydays having risen through the ranks.
Hopefully Cash can be the last for a while and the Reds can win promotion and start to keep hold of some of their talented homegrown stars.