Former Nottingham Forest defender Danny Preston has begun training with a new club. The ex-academy left-back has linked up with League Two outfit Forest Green Rovers where he will begin a trial period.

Preston spent the first half of last season on loan with Grimsby Town. Following the arrival of Paul Hurst in January, he was sent back to the City Ground where he turned out for the under-23s.

He played 29 times for the outfit and left prior to the club being relegated into the National League. Preston was released by Forest in the summer and has been on the lookout for a club ever since.

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The player who spent many years in the Forest academy has actually played for Forest Green. He featured in a behind closed doors friendly against Brentford B earlier this week, with Rob Edwards keen to run the rule over him.

The Green are currently flying high in League Two. They sit second behind Harrogate and they’ll fancy their chances of finally reaching League One during 2021/22.

Preston never made a first-team appearance at the City Ground. He offered some potential and was constantly knocking on the door. Getting a chance never transpired though and he will now hope to win a contract at The New Lawn Stadium.

 

Will Forest rue Preston departure?

It does seem highly unlikely. The defender hasn’t managed to find himself a club just yet and that perhaps speaks volumes.

Not every player who comes through the academy ranks can forge his way into the first-team fold. Preston is now on such a list.

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The hope for Preston will be that he can get himself hooked up and earn a stay of execution in the Football League.

The left-sided defender was a respected member of the under-23s but never quite did enough to earn a chance with the first team.

Preston’s aim now will be to show Forest exactly what they’re missing out on.

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