Nottingham Forest midfielder Ryan Yates has been rewarded for some fine form under Steve Cooper with a contract extension.

Now, he’s set his sights on improving and he’s also explained what Cooper tells him and his teammates every single day in training.

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.

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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.

His critics have been silenced in recent months though, with Yates in fine form for the club he calls his own.

Following his new deal, the midfielder sat down with the club’s media team and he explained how Cooper has got him playing to this level.

He said: “We play to my strengths now, it’s high intensity and we play on the front foot, especially at home.

“I’ve still got a long way to go. I’ve made big strides but hopefully, it’s just the start.

“The manager tells us every single day that we can’t take the supporters for granted. It’s up to us to get them on the edge of their seats. Every single game we treat as a cup final.”

Yates new contract is just rewards for Forest star

In fairness to the academy graduate he’s been brilliant in recent months and in last week’s FA Cup win he ran the show.

Naturally, the club has a proud history with young talents and Yates is another that gives the club a feather in their cap.

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The youngster is right when he says that this needs to be the start. He still has some improvements to make but ultimately he’s on the right path.

Cooper has given him a platform to produce his very best. Now he will hope to repay the show of faith from his manager.

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