Steve Cooper has paid tribute to Nottingham Forest captain Joe Worrall after he fetched up 200 appearances in the Garibaldi. The head coach spoke to Forest Review, the club’s matchday programme, about his influential skipper.

The man who has risen through the ranks at the City Ground reached the milestone against Wolves last week. He made his debut in 2016 and has done brilliantly to bring up the number of appearances in around seven years.

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His debut came at Reading in 2016. Forest lost that day but it always seemed to be on the cards that the player would be set for a really bright future at the City Ground.

Worrall has been the captain this season, appointed by Cooper during pre-season. He’s now spoken on his leader and he couldn’t speak higher of the 26-year-old. told Forest Review, the club’s matchday programme: “Joe is a player that would have worked very hard to rack up that number of appearances that he has by now at a relatively young age.

“He’s shown a level of consistency and to do that you need to play games and for Joe to get to 200, as a centre-back, is a great achievement for him.

“He deserves a lot of credit and respect for that.”

Cooper paid tribute to Worrall as milestone comes up

This season has perhaps been a frustrating one for the captain. Despite being handed the armband he did spend a little while behind Scott McKenna and Steve Cook in the pecking order.

Since returning to the side, however, he has been brilliant. His partnership with Willy Boly has been exceptional and hopefully, he won’t be out injured too long.

Cooper tribute Worrall
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Worrall is Mr Nottingham Forest. He hurts more than anyone when things aren’t going according to plan and he will be desperate to help the club avoid relegation this season.

The 26-year-old is proving all of the time. He has found the step up to the Premier League tough but it’s fair to say that in recent weeks, he’s showcased that he’s got what it takes at this level.

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