Amid a very busy transfer deadline day for Nottingham Forest, one thing that maybe slipped under the radar was the recall of Danny Preston.
The 20-year-old left back made 29 appearances on loan at League Two Grimsby Town, becoming an integral part of their side in the process, but was brought back at the 11th hour by Reds boss Chris Hughton.
While some maybe expected him to be loaned out to another club, that hasn’t transpired, suggesting he could be in first-team consideration.
Preston, who has captained Forest’s U23s, is out of contract in the summer and it was reported by The Athletic’s Daniel Taylor that the Reds were at risk of losing him.
One of the reasons for this was due to a lack of clear pathway into the first team, but this recall could offer Preston hope.
At the time the report came out in December, Forest had three left backs ahead of him in Yuri Ribeiro, Gaetan Bong and Nicholas Ioannou.
However, Ioannou has since gone on loan to Aris Thessaloniki and with Ribeiro suspended, Preston could even be on the bench for tonight’s clash with Coventry City.
There is also the issue of Bong’s current form, with the former Brighton & Hove Albion full back taking heavy criticism from fans in recent weeks – especially for his performances in the 5-1 FA Cup loss to Swansea City and the recent 0-0 draw with Barnsley.
Bong played 95 times under Hughton at Brighton, but with his contract up next year and with Ioannou unlikely to return, it appears Preston may have that pathway to the first team after all and could be utilised this season.
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