Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Nicky Hogarth will leave the club this summer when his contract at the City Ground expires. The player hasn’t made a single first-team appearance since joining from Rangers two years ago.
Forest won’t just have a reshuffle in their senior ranks. The club will likely let a number of young players depart from their academy as they go in search of professional contracts.
Hogarth came with a burgeoning reputation. Ultimately, however, he joined a club that has a healthy stream of goalkeepers and he’s found any kind of football difficult to come by.
Now, the Daily Record claim that Hogarth fancies a new challenge and has options in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland to consider this summer.
Hogarth was allowed to join Falkirk at the start of the 2022/23 campaign. He was recalled in January after making 17 appearances for the club and keeping five clean sheets.
The 21-year-old believes he’s now ready to be a number one in his own right. As a result, he feels that his development will be better served elsewhere.
Hogarth came through the academy ranks at Rangers before switching to the City Ground. He made 12 appearances for the club’s under-21 ranks and kept three clean sheets.
Hogarth will leave Forest this summer and it’s for the best
It’s never easy to tell young players that they’re surplus to requirements. In this instance, it’s Hogarth who has pushed for the move and he deserves praise for that.
Forest have recently handed George Shelvey a new contract. With that in mind, Hogarth clearly thought his chances would be further restricted next season.
Hogarth will be buoyed by his solid loan at Falkirk. Now, he will fancy his chances of being a first-choice custodian somewhere else from next season.
The Reds will likely let others go before the next season starts. Now, supporters will be intrigued to see who else leaves and what comes next for Hogarth.