Nottingham Forest youngster Rezart Rama has signed for Canadian Premier League outfit Forge FC.

The defender was recently released by the Reds, as confirmed by the player on his Instagram after an under-23 fixture.

Rama had been at the City Ground for a few years and had started working his way through the ranks at the club.

The Albanian Greek defender didn’t get close to making his mark on the first team though and now he’s gone for a change in culture.

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Forge are currently fourth in the Canadian top flight. They’ve won two and drawn two of their opening six games of the campaign.

Rama was quite integral in Andy Reid’s under-23 team during the early stages of 2021/22.

He made 15 appearances for the team as they enjoyed a solid maiden campaign in Premier League 2.

Rama has played for the Albania youth ranks and he does look like a player who could have a bright future.

Forest couldn’t really justify offering him anything and allowed the 21-year-old to head to Canada.

Rama typically operates as a centre-back, although he can also play as a full-back if called upon.

Given his versatility, it was perhaps a surprise that he wasn’t closer to a first-team chance, although it’s possible that he was just short of the quality required.

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Fans would be wise to remember that not every academy player can graduate to the first-team level.

Rama has played a lot of under-23 football. But, it seems like now is the right time for him to be playing regularly.

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Forge FC will allow him the chance to get plenty of games under his belt and prove himself playing against men.

Forest have enjoyed a really good season at under-23 level, with Reid’s team losing in the semi-final of the play-offs.

Rama was perhaps the right player at the wrong time and he heads out of Forest with the club’s best wishes.

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