Nicky Hogarth has rejoined Falkirk after he made the decision to leave Nottingham Forest this summer. The player didn’t make a single first-team appearance since joining from Rangers two years ago.
Forest haven’t just had a reshuffle in their senior ranks. The club have let a number of young players depart from their academy allowing them to go in search of professional contracts elsewhere.
Hogarth came to Forest 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, it’s been confirmed that Hogarth rejected offers from England and Northern Ireland to pen a permanent contract with Falkirk where he was on loan last season.
Hogarth was allowed to join Scottish League One outfit 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.
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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 side and kept three clean sheets.
Hogarth rejoins Falkirk after leaving Forest
The youngster is at the age now where he needs to play regular football. At 21, he doesn’t have anywhere near enough senior games to his name and he will hope that can change north of the border.
Hogarth was never really close to challenging for a place in the first team at Forest. He was a well-respected academy player though and did enjoy some strong performances for the development squads.
The youngster will hope to use his Forest experience as a motivation mechanism. He will have developed a steely determination to keep pushing himself at the City Ground and now he will hope to get plenty of regular action.