Zach Clough finally ended his Nottingham Forest hell during the January transfer window – but now he’s back on the market.

The attacker didn’t play for the Reds for over two years after falling way down the pecking order at the City Ground.

After joining Wigan on a free transfer, he’s now been released, however, and is on the lookout for a new club.

Zach Clough left Forest in January; Photo; Alex Livesey; Getty Images

Clough played 13 times for the Latics helping them avoid relegation. He scored one goal and registered one assist.

Now, he will go in search of another club to take a chance on him as he bids to rescue his career.

Clough’s demise has been pretty sad in so many ways. When he first checked in at Forest in 2017, the club looked to have signed a decent player.

He scored four times in 14 appearances for the Reds during 2016/17 and was largely impressive.

Those strikes would prove to be his only goals in 31 outings for Forest in total, however.

Failed loan spells with Bolton and Rochdale would follow and several Forest bosses closed the door on Clough.


The 26-year-old should be approaching his prime but instead he faces an anxious wait to see where his next club will emerge from.

Where did it go wrong for Clough at Forest?

The beginning of the end for Clough came when Aitor Karanka was appointed.

He never really fancied the ex-Bolton man and quickly tossed him aside into the under-23 ranks.

Martin O’Neill didn’t fancy him either, nor did Sabri Lamouchi.

When Chris Hughton claimed that every player would be a handed an opportunity, it looked like he could earn a reprieve.

Zach Clough in action for Forest; Photo; Ashley Allen; Getty Images

The boss wasn’t convinced though and kept him away from the first-team picture.

Clough often gave his all for the club but his confidence was shot following Karanka’s treatment of him.

The future doesn’t look great for the attacker. After his latest release, it asks the question of whether another Football League club will take a chance on him.

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