Nottingham Forest are getting themselves an exceptional player in Jonjo Shelvey, according to Jamaal Lascelles. The former Reds central defender has been discussing the midfielder’s exit from Newcastle with Chronicle Live and he’s quite upset.

Lascelles remains the club captain at St James’ Park. He’s not been used too often under Eddie Howe this season but he does remain a popular figure inside the dressing room. Newcastle have a Carabao Cup final to look forward to after last week’s win over Southampton.

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Interestingly, the centre-back was linked with a move to Forest. He was mentioned as a potential signing before the club won promotion and was again linked with a move to the City Ground during January. Howe ultimately decided he couldn’t lose him, however.

Lascelles has spent many years playing with Shelvey at Newcastle. The midfielder swapped the North East for the Midlands on deadline day and Lascelles is sorry to see his Championship title-winning teammate depart.

He told Chronicle Live: “I was really sad to see Jono leave on Tuesday. He’s been a great player for us and he’s such a loyal, trustworthy person. We will be keeping in touch and I wish him all the best. I’m sure he will do really well at Nottingham Forest.”

Lascelles upset at departure of Forest newcomer Shelvey to Forest

Shelvey has been around the block. At 30-years-old, he is considered an experienced player and he could prove vital to the fortunes of Forest this season.

The player has turned out for Liverpool, Swansea and Newcastle in the Premier League. As a result, he’s seen it all and his presence in midfield could be welcomed.

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Forest might have to wait a little while to get him on the pitch. He’s barely played this season and arrives at the City Ground amid rehabilitation for a hamstring problem.

Still, his return is on the horizon. The challenge for Cooper is to get him on the pitch quickly and it would appear that Lascelles firmly endorses the move.

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