Nottingham Forest handed goalkeeper Jordan Smith a new contract at the City Ground yesterday. The stopper was due to leave in the summer but will now remain on Trentside until the summer of 2023.
The 27-year-old hasn’t made a single appearance during the 2021/22 campaign. He was on the bench for games against Preston, Bristol City and Sheffield United, with Brice Samba serving a suspension.
Smith is often on the City Ground turf at the end of games, applauding the City Ground faithful. He warms up with the two goalkeepers prior to the game and seems like a top professional.
Smith has made 54 appearances for the Reds since emerging from the youth academy. His last outings came in March when Brice Samba missed a game against Norwich through injury. Forest were beaten 2-0 at the City Ground.
During the 2018/19 campaign, he went on loan to Mansfield Town. He made 12 appearances for the Stags, keeping three clean sheets and being part of the squad as the club were beaten in the League Two play-offs.
It does appear as though Smith will remain the third choice keeper. Samba and Ethan Horvath are both experienced stoppers and they are likely to still be at the City Ground when the 2022/23 campaign gets underway.
Smith is perhaps best remembered for his heroics on the final day of the 2016/17 campaign. Forest had to win against Ipswich to avoid relegation and his save with the score goalless proved the catalyst for a famous win.
Forest squad player Smith has clearly impressed Steve Cooper
This news is perhaps a little bit bizarre. Smith seemed destined to leave with the Reds boasting a decent plethora of goalkeepers in their academy ranks.
At 27 it seemed for all the world that Smith would head out and play regularly for someone else. He’s showcased at the City Ground that he’s good enough to do that and staying at Forest is a strange one.
Nicky Hogarth and Aaron Bott are in reserve with the under-23s. Also, George Shelvey is still in the Forest ranks and perhaps he won’t see his deal extended now.
Smith is an honest professional and he will hope to continue improving his skills with Forest over the next 18 months. If Samba or Horvath do get injured, at least Forest will have an experienced number three in reserve.