Michael Hefele left Nottingham Forest at the end of last season following three years at the club. Now, just a few weeks after his departure, he’s announced his retirement from playing. Joe Lolley and Matty Cash have reacted to the news on Instagram.

Hefele was signed on transfer deadline day in the summer of 2018. Aitor Karanka added him to the ranks from Huddersfield, where he has helped the team win promotion to the Premier League.

At 30, Hefele is still relatively young. He struggled horrendously with injuries during his time at Forest. The final straw for the German came when he ruptured his Achilles against Leeds on New Year’s Day in 2019.

He hasn’t actually played for Forest since then. Hefele has been around the club but has been fighting a losing battle when it comes to regaining his fitness.

In total, he made 18 appearances for the Reds and was unsurprisingly released following the 2020/21 campaign after failing to make a single appearance during last season.

Now, he’s taken to Instagram to speak about the toughest decision of his career, thanking each of the club’s he has turned out for both at home and abroad.

What have Lolley and Cash said about former Forest man Hefele?

Both players were regulars in the team during Hefele’s time at the football club. For Lolley, he has known him slightly longer from the pair’s time with Huddersfield.

Cash departed Forest last summer. He joined Aston Villa for £16 million and has really kicked on for the Premier League outfit.

Lolley didn’t enjoy a great campaign during 2020/21. He was struggling with fitness himself, but he should be fully fit for the next season which gets underway in under two week’s time.

Both players have taken time out of their preparations for next season to wish Hefele all the best in his next chapter.

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