Danny Preston has today joined Grimsby Town on a season-long loan, as confirmed by the club on their official website.

The youngster is highly-rated by the academy staff at the City Ground and the loan will hand him his first taste of Football League action.

Preston played a vitally important role last season as Chris Cohen’s team clinches the Professional Development League title, regularly captaining the side.

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Typically a left-back, Preston will hope to get plenty of game time in Ian Holloway’s team and come back to Forest with the optimism of making a first-team case.

The ex-Blackpool boss has proved a thorn in Forest’s side in previous years but he could be the ideal manager for Preston’s development.

Holloway does have a history of being pretty good with younger talents and the defender could learn a fair bit from the experienced gaffer.

Preston should use the loan to showcase his talents and see it as an opportunity to prove to people what he can do back at the City Ground.

Loaning him out does make sense. Yuri Ribeiro is comfortably the club’s first-choice left-back and new signing Tyler Blackett will put some pressure on him.

Gaetan Bong is also at the club but he seems to be way down the pecking order as far as breaking into Sabri Lamouchi’s plans go.

With that in mind, Preston could earn a chance to shine next season if he gets his head down and performs well at Blundell Park.

The pathway to first-team football is clear for all to see at Forest and there’s no reason why the 20-year-old can’t be another off the conveyor belt next season.

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