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.

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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.

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.

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