Lewis Grabban has told The Athletic about the exact moment when he felt that Nottingham Forest would be promoted.

The 34-year-old departed the club in the summer after four years of spearheading the Forest attack.

His last campaign at the City Ground would end in frustrating circumstances, with a hamstring injury consigning him to the treatment room.

He missed the final four games of the season plus the play-off campaign; although he did finish the season with 13 goals from 34 appearances in all competitions.

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Grabban signed for Al-Ahil in Saudi Arabia after leaving Forest, despite wanting to stay on Trentside for a crack at the Premier League.

The striker arrived at the City Ground for £6 million from Bournemouth in 2018. He became a superb striker for the club, scoring 56 goals in 149 appearances.

The 2021/22 campaign was a rollercoaster ride for the Reds but Grabban has explained the exact moment when he thought the team would be promoted.

He told The Athletic: “When we came from behind to win 2-1 at Bristol City, I privately thought to myself, ‘we are getting promoted’.

“There was a point later on where I even thought we could even catch Bournemouth and claim second place.

“We couldn’t do that, but we got the job done at Wembley and to be Forest captain when we won promotion was so special.”

Grabban explains exact moment he thought promotion would happen

The game at Bristol City was remarkable. With 90 minutes on the clock, Forest were losing 1-0. Four minutes later a Lyle Taylor brace had seen them win 2-1.

It was the moment when lots of supporters felt it might just be Forest’s year; although at that stage there was a lot of football still left to play.

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Promotion was epic. It was a day that will live long in the memory of supporters and seeing Grabban on the pitch at the end did prove a nice moment.

The striker got a lot of stick for very little reason during his time at the City Ground. Essentially, he was paid to score goals and more often than not he did that.

Grabban will now hope to enjoy a successful period in Saudi Arabia.

With coaching in his sights after he’s done in the Middle East, perhaps the talisman can be back at Forest in some capacity in the future.

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