Jack Byrne has been in Cyprus for just short of a week and already he might be regretting not signing for Nottingham Forest.

The Republic of Ireland midfielder was linked with a move to the City Ground before he penning terms at APOEL.

Forest, along with Preston North End, were keen to sign the former Shamrock Rovers performer who ultimately chose to move further afield.

Cypriot news outlet Protathlima claimed the interest from the Reds who missed out on the youngster.

Now, Byrne might find himself in limbo after just one brief cameo appearance for his new employers.


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The 24-year-old played the final four minutes of Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat to Doxa Katokopias.

It meant a fourth straight loss for the Cypriot outfit and afterwards Mick McCarthy was sacked by the club’s hierarchy.

Byrne played under the ex-Ipswich Town boss for the Republic of Ireland and clearly he had swayed his decision over which club to sign for.

With the in mind, the attacking midfielder could be left to rue his decision.

Former Forest man Joe Garner also checked in recently and he too could now find himself wondering if he made the right decision.

Could Byrne have been useful for Forest?

Chris Hughton’s squad could certainly benefit from another playmaker.

The midfield options at present are all very similar and a forward-thinking player like Byrne could have proved ideal.

He scored 16 goals and claimed 10 assists during 64 outings for Shamrock Rovers and has also made four appearances for the international team.

Byrne wouldn’t have come to the City Ground without risks.

He had pretty unspectacular spells with Blackburn, Wigan and Kilmarnock but did perform okay at Oldham.

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It’ll be interesting to see whether Byrne will have a future at APOEL under a boss that isn’t McCarthy.

The ex-Wolves incumbent clearly fancied the maestro but there is no saying the new boss will.

Forest might be back on red alert as they monitor the next steps regarding Byrne with intrigue.

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