Joe Lolley made his long-awaited comeback from a hamstring injury yesterday, playing the final 30 minutes as Nottingham Forest beat Port Vale 2-0. He captained the side during his time on the pitch and afterwards, received praise from Tyrese Fornah.
The 28-year-old has been at the City Ground since 2018. He signing during the January transfer window and quickly proved himself to be an absolute steal of a signing.
Lolley cost the club less than £1 million and has become a fan favourite on Trentside. Although he struggled last year, the quality is still there and perhaps his injury might prove to be a blessing in disguise.
Captaining the side was clearly a proud moment for the forward, although he did make a comical comment regarding how long it’s taken for him to get the armband.
What did Fornah say after Lolley captained Nottingham Forest?
With Lolley now one of the more experienced members of the squad, Fornah is at the other end. He’s only made one substitute appearance for the Reds but will hope to make an impact this season.
He spent last season on loan with Plymouth Argyle and became an integral part of Ryan Lowe’s team in League One.
Now, he’ll want to kick on at the City Ground. The club’s lack of central midfielders could certainly help him earn a shot in the Garibaldi.
Lolley has scored 26 goals and claimed 26 assists during his time at the City Ground. Supporters will certainly hope that he can return from his injury as the player who shone during the 2018/19 campaign.
Fornah had a positive message for Lolley after his latest milestone of captaining the side and he’s clearly a popular figure in the dressing room.