Nottingham Forest have allowed young talent Aaron Donnelly to join League One outfit Port Vale on loan. Forest gem Dale Taylor and Liverpool starlet Conor Bradley have both reacted on Instagram.

The Reds teenager will get his first crack at regular first-team football over the next few months. Port Vale are 13th in the third tier and have punched above their weight this season.

Donnelly is valued very highly by the staff behind the scenes at Forest. He made his first-team debut against Grimsby in August, leading to Steve Cooper calling him ‘excellent’.

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The 19-year-old has been playing frequently for the under-21s this season. They’re once again in a lofty league position after reaching the play-offs during their Premier League 2 campaign in 2021/22.

Donnelly operates as a left-back and can also play as a wing-back. In Vale boss Darrell Clarke, he will also be working under a manager who often places his faith in young players.

The player now has a superb opportunity. Port Vale are a club that has enjoyed a remarkable 18 months and he will hope to quickly establish himself as a regular in the team.

Donnelly allowed to join Port Vale on loan – Forest and Liverpool gems react

Taylor is another Reds performer that’s been allowed to cut his teeth in League One. He’s joined Burton Albion and he could meet Donnelly at Vale Park on 18th March.

He posted a short message to the left-back on Instagram, which read: “All the best brother.”

Bradley is also playing in League One and he’s currently turning out for Bolton Wanderers. They face Vale on 25th February.

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Donnelly has played alongside Bradley on the international stage and he simply posted: “Love that.”

This loan move looks like a good one for Donnelly. He will play plenty of football and will get to prove his worth to the coaches back at Forest who have perhaps earmarked him for a first-team role in the future.

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