Nottingham Forest defender Michael Dawson has confessed he is thinking about the next chapter in his career.

The 37-year-old has been discussing the future on the Gold Dust podcast, with his Reds contract due to expire in the summer.

Dawson has been at Forest for three seasons, although he failed to make a single appearance during 2020/21.

Michael Dawson
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The centre-back won’t be offered fresh terms as a player but Chris Hughton has left the door open for a non-playing role.

After failing to get on the pitch last season, Dawson has admitted he is thinking about the next step.

He told the Gold Dust podcast: “Everyone talks about winning things, but I look back on my career and think, ‘it’s been successful’.

“I’m at that age where you’re thinking about the next chapter. Where will I be in the summer? Will there be opportunities? What will it be, will it be playing, will it be in the media? We don’t know.


“Success is what you take out of the game, in my opinion. I’ve stayed in the game for 20 years and made just shy of 600 appearances.

“I can’t ask for anything else out of the 20-plus years I’ve had as a player.”

Forest should make room for Dawson

Andy Reid is thriving as the manager of the Forest under-23s and the club should offer Dawson a coaching role.

The experienced player understands the principals and traditions of the football club and he’d be a great role model for the younger lads coming through the ranks.

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Dawson’s days as a player are perhaps over and it’s a shame that he never got the chance to receive a send-off from the Forest faithful.

He has played 118 games in total for the Reds and for fans of a certain age, he will go down as the best centre-back to have played for the club.

Hughton could actually do far worse than appoint him to the first team coaching staff and a role should be found for him somewhere.

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