Former Nottingham Forest player Zach Clough has found himself a new club. The attacking midfielder has joined Carlisle United of League Two on a free transfer.
The 26-year-old departed the City Ground on a free transfer during the January transfer window. He signed for Wigan Athletic, where he made 13 appearances.
Clough was only handed a short-term deal at the DW Stadium though. He managed just one goal and one assist as the Latics avoided relegation.
Following his release, Clough has been on the lookout for a new club. He’s now found a home at Brunton Park, with boss Chris Beech having worked with him previously.
Clough went on loan to Rochdale when the current Carlisle boss was working alongside Keith Hill on his coaching staff.
The player who typically operates as a No.10 joined Forest in 2017. A fee of around £3 million was parted with to secure his services from Bolton.
Clough managed just four goals and claimed three assists from 31 appearances in the Garibaldi. Each of his goals came during the first six months of his time at the club.
After a pretty steady first few months, Clough’s time at Forest went south. He fell out of favour and didn’t even train with the first-team under certain managers.
Now, the little dynamo will try and revive his career with Carlisle. They will have ambitions of promotion next season and Clough could help.
Where did it go wrong for the ex-Forest man?
His confidence was clearly knocked by having several managers who didn’t even want to take a look at him.
Aitor Karanka, Sabri Lamouchi and even Chris Hughton had no desire to utilise him in the first team.
That had an impact and he failed to get going at Wigan too. As a result, it perhaps wasn’t surprising that they chose not to hand him a new deal.
But, there is hope. Clough has worked with Beech before and that could provide him with a lifeline.
The challenge is for the boss to get the form out of Clough that earned him the move to Forest in the first place.
If he can do that – and restore a bit of confidence – Carlisle might have themselves a very steady player.