Nottingham Forest midfielder Ryan Yates has been rewarded for some fine form under Steve Cooper with a contract extension.
The player’s deal was due to expire in the summer of 2023 and he’s now extended his current deal by two additional years.
Yates has been a mainstay in the team this season, making 37 appearances in all competitions and scoring seven goals.
The 24-year-old has risen through the ranks at Forest and has often been the subject of discussion since he made his first-team debut.
Consistency had been a problem before Cooper arrived at the club but the head coach has helped him realise his potential.
His performance last Monday against Huddersfield in the FA Cup was a joy to behold. Currently, he’s scored in three matches on the trot.
Yates captained the side earlier in the campaign and perhaps that’s a role he will take on in the future.
There is still work to do. The player will hope to continue his fine form and become the box-to-box midfielder that Cooper asks of him.
Few could argue that he doesn’t deserve a new contract though and this is one piece of business that Forest have done early.
One down, two to go for Forest after Yates extension
Forest will be delighted to have an important player tied down for the next few years after Yates put pen-to-paper.
The club can’t stand and admire this work though and they must turn their attention to Lewis Grabban and perhaps more crucially, Brennan Johnson.
Grabban is out of contract in the summer and with 13 goals this season, an extension would be deserved.
Johnson has lots of Premier League interest and a new deal would help Forest retain their valuation.
The Yates deal should be applauded. Now the club has to act with another couple of influential players.