Tendayi Darikwa ended a three-and-a-half-year association with Nottingham Forest when he signed for Wigan Athletic yesterday.

The defender was sent on his way with a congratulatory message from former Reds star Matty Cash, who posted a heartfelt message on Twitter.

Darikwa was picked up for £1 million from Burnley in 2017 and made 63 appearances for the Reds, scoring one goal.

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The 29-year-old hasn’t played since March 2019 after picking up a serious knee injury which kept him out for several months.

With the right-back set to be out of contract during the summer, Forest have duly allowed him to sign permanent terms with the Latics.

Cash played plenty of games alongside Darikwa for the Reds and he was quick to offer his former teammate his best wishes.

Darikwa links up with Leam Richardson at Wigan who was his assistant manager during his time at Chesterfield.

His challenge will be to help the Latics climb out of the relegation zone and avoid a second successive drop.

 

Will Forest live to regret Darikwa departure?

It has to be said they probably won’t.

Forest have Cyrus Christie and Carl Jenkinson as their right-back options and both can do a job.

Darikwa would have been out of contract during the summer and having not played for two years nearly, a new deal was always unlikely.

Cash’s tweet does suggest that Darikwa was a decent influence in the dressing room, however.

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With that in mind, supporters are right to be wishing him well and thanking him for his service.

Darikwa always did a job for the team and always displayed the type of work-rate you’d expect from a Nottingham-born player.

Forest need to trim their squad right now and the defender’s departure is one that appears to suit all parties.

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