Nottingham Forest under-23 captain Riley Harbottle has penned a new contract to remain at the City Ground.
The youngster has played twice for the senior ranks on Trentside and has now extended his stay at the club he supported as a boy.
Harbottle featured in both Carabao Cup games during 2021/22 and did himself proud with two pretty steady performances.
He did suffer an injury that ruled him out of some of the under-23 schedule but he returned in January to help the young Reds finish with a flourish.
Andy Reid is a big fan of Harbottle. Following his new contract, he’s raved about him to the club’s official media team and also hinted at how his future might unfold.
He said: “We are delighted that Riley has signed a new contract with the club.
“He is somebody who has developed into a real leader. We are looking forward to helping him continue his development and potentially exploiting the options for him to head out on loan.”
Harbottle grew up in Nottingham Forest his return to the under-23 team coincided with a blistering run of form.
His future could be out on loan for now but at 21-years-old he does look to have the potential to one day step up and play first-team football.
Forest gem Harbottle signs new contract and Forest must now sort a loan
The Reds have done the right thing to get Harbottle tied down but not he needs first-team football.
Several clubs will surely be queuing up to try and sign the youngster and he will be keen to take on a period of senior action.
The defender showed some nice touches against Bradford and Wolves last season and playing in front of a crowd will have whet his appetite for more.
Forest are a proud club when it comes to their youngsters and Harbottle staying is definitely a step in the right direction.