Nottingham Forest released Baba Fernandes at the end of the 2021/22 campaign and on Friday he played for Luton Town.

The centre-back left the City Ground after failing to earn himself a new deal, despite playing in the Carabao Cup last season.

The Guinea-Bissau defender had been on Trentside for two years but was unable to force himself into the senior reckoning on a regular basis.

Fernandes played for 45 minutes of Friday’s curtain-raiser for Luton away at non-league outfit Hitchin Town.

Fernandes plays for Luton
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Nathan Jones has offered to run the rule over the youngster and he threw him in for the opening 45 minutes.

Fernandes, 22, is likely to be a player that Hatters first-team coach Chris Cohen is familiar with.

He spent time playing under the ex-Forest favourite when he was the manager of the Reds’ under-23 ranks.

It will be interesting to see just how long Jones chooses to look at Fernandes and it will be interesting to see if he earns a deal.

The former academy starlet made two appearances last season. They came against Bradford and Wolves in the Carabao Cup and did reasonably well.

Fernandes was also a large part of the under-23 success last season. He made 14 appearances under Andy Reid and it was anticipated he might get a new deal.

Ultimately, Forest’s success robbed him of a more prominent role and it’s perhaps no surprise that the club didn’t stand in his way of a departure.

Fernandes released by Forest but Luton move could work

The Hatters aren’t blessed with a massive budget and they might view Fernandes as a relative shrewd signing.

He wouldn’t cost a penny and he could provide decent backup for Luton’s senior ranks.

Fernandes brings the ball out from the back well and he’s also capable of playing alongside one other centre-back, or two.

Fernandes plays for Luton
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Cohen is likely to have orchestrated this trial period. He will have convinced Jones to take a look at perhaps he will get the whole pre-season to try and win a deal.

The centre-back could get another chance to shine on Friday when Luton face Slovenian team NK Bravo.

Fernandes didn’t get a proper chance with Forest but he could be a useful signing for Luton in the Championship.

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