Harry Arter has returned to Nottingham Forest after the expiration of his loan spell at Notts County, the National League club has confirmed.

The 32-year-old has featured nine times for the Magpies helping the team to six wins in their quest towards the play-offs.

Surprisingly, the loan is over prior to the end of the campaign and he will now return to training at the City Ground.

Arter won’t be part of the first-team picture at the club and now attention will turn towards his future in the summer.

Arter returns to Nottingham Forest
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It’s been a pretty miserable time of things for the former Bournemouth player at Forest.

He arrived in 2020 from the Cherries, shortly after helping Fulham win promotion to the Premier League during a loan spell.

Arter never really got going though. Although he was sometimes utilised out of position; he was underwhelming in the 14 games he played for Forest.

It’s hard to imagine that just over a year after arriving at the club he would be farmed out on loan.

He spent the first half of the campaign on loan at Charlton and after being sent back he joined County on loan for the second half of the season.

Arter returns to Forest but the future looks bleak

Whoever decided to hand Arter a contract worth a staggering £38,000-a-week has a lot to answer for.

The player arrived at the club with his best days behind him. As a result, handing him a long-term contract seemed bizarre.

Forest have made some poor judgement calls with regards to signings in recent years but Arter is near the top of the list.

Arter returns to Nottingham Forest
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The fact he ended up playing in non-league perhaps tells a story and ultimately it represents that Arter is on the decline.

A real challenge awaits Dane Murphy and his team in the summer.

Getting Arter away from the wage budget would be ideal but right now, it does seem unlikely that the club will offload him permanently.

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