Harry Arter made his Notts County debut yesterday just days after signing on loan from Nottingham Forest. The experienced midfielder had fallen down the pecking order at the City Ground and looks to be on borrowed time.
Despite that, it was something of a shock when Arter dropped into the National League. The player is paid a salary of £38,000-a-week at Forest and it’s unlikely that the Magpies are stumping up any of that.
Still, the chance to play regular football without needing to relocate has clearly tempted Arter into making the short trip across Trent Bridge to turn out for Notts.
Now, the ball is in Arter’s court. He must show something between now and the end of the campaign if he’s to have a chance of earning a move away from the Reds in the summer.
Arter did get off to a flyer with Notts. The Magpies bolstered their play-off ambitions with a 2-1 win against Dagenham and Redbridge, with Arter playing a part in the equalising goal.
After the game boss Ian Burchnall praised the impact of their new loan signing, stating that he hopes to see more from him as the season comes to a close.
He told Nottinghamshire Live: “It was his first game in a long while but we knew he would be able to give us 60 minutes and he really showed his class, with a great corner for the first goal.
“Hopefully we can freshen him up and he can play a part against Boreham Wood. It’s quite clear Harry is a fantastic footballer but he just hasn’t been playing. I think he enjoyed himself today.”
Forest have to try and move Arter on during summer transfer window
The former Bournemouth midfielder has failed to make the grade at Forest. He looked disinterested, unfit and ultimately has proved to be a really poor signing for the club.
Now, he has a chance to make a name for himself once more. Few would have predicted he would need to drop into non-league but that’s the predicament he finds himself in.
Arter is on a sizeable salary and Forest quite simply have better players in their squad. The Reds must find a solution for all parties and they must act during the summer.