Nottingham Forest defender Carl Jenkinson has helped Melbourne City claim their second league title with a 2-1 win over Wellington Phoenix.
The Reds right-back raised some eyebrows back in January when he swapped Nottingham for Australia.
He had slipped way down the pecking order at the City Ground, with Steve Cooper making him train away from the first-team squad.
A move to pastures news looks to have paid dividends. He’s made 25 appearances for the A-League outfit; including five in the AFC Champions League.
City have won the A-League title for the second successive season. This time around they pipped fierce rivals Melbourne Victory to claim the silverware.
Jenkinson will hope that he’s done enough to earn himself an extension. His Forest contract expires in the summer and he will become a free agent.
The 30-year-old has proved a pretty underwhelming signing since checking in at the City Ground during the summer of 2019.
He’s made just 15 appearances for the club, struggling with injury issues as well as the ability to get a run of consistency in the starting eleven.
Jenkinson’s last showing for Forest came against a Steve Cooper side. He was handed a rare start as the Reds lost 5-1 to Swansea in the FA Cup.
Jenkinson helps Melbourne claim league title but Forest exit beckons
It’s admirable that Jenkinson has gone to a completely different country and he’s proved his capabilities in Australia.
There is absolutely no chance that Jenkinson gets a stay of execution at Forest. Cooper has options at right-back a new contract won’t be in the offing.
Jenkinson is another transfer from the last couple of years that hasn’t worked.
Making 70 appearances for Arsenal in 11 years hardly filled supporters with confidence and this deal is one placed in the file marked failed to impress.