There could be a new talented youngster coming through the Nottingham Forest academy.

Kendall Burks appears to have joined the club on trial and featured on Friday as the under-23s defeated Norwich City.

The American defender is a centre-back and was named on the Forest teamsheet as a trialist. Burks starred as the Reds claimed a 3-2 win against the Canaries.

Signing Burks might be easy enough. He wouldn’t require a work permit, with his English mother qualifying him for a UK passport.

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The player is a free agent. He was drafted by Chicago earlier this month but Forest wouldn’t have to pay a fee to take him.

Burks is a 22-year-old and plays as a central defender.

Forest are now a category one academy and as a club, they’re always on the lookout for young, burgeoning talents.

Who is Forest trialist Kendall Burks?

To be honest, we don’t really know!

What we do know, however, is that he gave a pretty good account of himself on Friday night under the City Ground lights.

Although Norwich did score twice, neither of the goals came through errors from the American.

Burks was at Washington last season. He signed for them from college football where he played for CSU Bakersfield.

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Andy Reid might require some more quality at the back and he’d have been impressed with Burks’ performance.

It’s been a tough start to life in Premier League 2 for Forest. Their recent win was the team’s first for a couple of months, although the performances have been okay.

Burks might be a useful addition. He could be added to the ranks on the cheap and Forest might be able to get the best out of the youngster.

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