Matty Cash has today completed his move to Premier League outfit Aston Villa, as confirmed on the club’s official website.
The Reds agreed on a deal worth an initial £14 million, rising to £16 million for the highly-rated 23-year-old.
Cash arrived at Forest as a 17-year-old and quickly rose through the ranks into the first-team where he became a mainstay.
Last season he made the right-back spot his own after injury meant Tendayi Darikwa was ruled out for the season.
Following his departure, he has taken to Instagram to thank everyone associated with Forest with a heartfelt post.
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Turning up at the City Ground as a 17 year old lad. I always dreamed of playing there and to have 5 amazing years was a real honor. I have so many people to thank. Firstly the fans who have been absolutely remarkable, the manager and all his back room staff, my team mate and a special mention to Gary Brazil for giving me the opportunity to play for Forest. I also want to thank my whole family and Craig @simplysportmanagement I wish you all the very best for the up and coming season. There will always be a place in my heart for forest ❤️
Cash leaves the club having played 141 games for the Reds in a number of different positions.
He came through the ranks in the middle of the park and excelled out on loan at Dagenham in midfield.
Cash then became a decent winger, before last season spending the campaign as a right-back – a position he took to with aplomb.
Losing the youngster is a blow for Forest but it had to be expected among supporters.
The Reds haven’t been in the top-flight for over 20-years and that means Financial Fair Play hands over the club.
This latest deal offers a timely reminder of the brilliant work being done by the likes of Gary Brazil at the academy.
It also offers a stark reminder that if Forest want to keep hold of their prized assets, Premier League is a must sooner, rather than later.