Nottingham Forest are set to offer new contracts to promotion-winning duo Scott McKenna and Joe Worrall, according to The Athletic.
Both players were instrumental in the team’s rise through the Championship last season and they’re set to be rewarded for their efforts.
This will be music to the ears of the club’s supporters who have been accustomed to seeing their best players leave in recent times.
Now, with Forest a Premier League club, the aim will be to ensure that the team’s best players are tied down to longer contracts.
Talks are also thought to be ongoing with Brennan Johnson. His deal is more of a concern given that his existing deal has just one year to run.
For McKenna and Worrall, however, this is no more than the pair deserve.
McKenna and Worrall set for new Forest contracts
The duo have been colossal for the past year and they were both integral components of Steve Cooper’s team.
Worrall did suffer some injury problems but he played during Forest’s 4-1 win over Leicester in the FA Cup with cracked ribs; highlighting exactly the type of character he is.
The homegrown player was an emotional wreck following the Wembley win and who can fault him.
He’s supported the club as a boy and grew up turning out for the academy ranks, making his senior debut in 2016.
Year upon year speculation has suggested that the will leave the club but now he will get the chance to lead Forest out as a Premier League club.
McKenna played in all but one of Forest’s 46 league fixtures during 2021/22.
He signed from Aberdeen in 2020 and has been largely impressive since arriving in England.
Unsurprisingly, he collected the Player of the Year award for his heroics last season and he could be a surprise package in the Premier League next season.
Do Forest need any more central defenders?
News of McKenna and Worrall committing their futures to Forest in the near future is great news.
Still, several centre-backs have been linked with a move to the City Ground this summer and perhaps one more will check-in.
McKenna and Worrall joined Steve Cook in the back three last season but at 31-years-old, Forest may look for a younger model.
Cook will still play plenty of games and with 168 Premier League appearances to his name, he’s a vastly experienced option to call upon.
Moussa Niakhate, Joe Rodon and Jamaal Lascelles have all been linked though and another option does make sense.
The Premier League is an unforgiving league and one more centre-back to join McKenna, Worrall and Cook definitely wouldn’t go amiss.