In the modern age of football it is rare to come across a player who turns out for a single club almost 300 times.
With agents keen to make a buck and clubs turning over players regularly, a long stay in one place is highly unusual.
This weekend, 31-year old Chris Cohen chose to hang up his boots after three serious injuries in eleven years. This season he’s only made three outings, but his time at Forest is about so much more than an early retirement through injury.
FLW shines a spotlight on the player who moved to Nottingham Forest in 2007 and has become a club legend.
Cohen cost Forest £1m in a joint deal with Arron Davies in 2007. Davies ended up playing 32 times before moving on, but Cohen proved to be real value for money.
In his eleven years at the City Ground he’s made 299 league appearances, the final one of which came this weekend in the 0-0 draw with Bristol City. He hangs his boots up immediately but is likely to stay at the club as a coach.
Cohen, a midfielder in his early days but latterly a left-sided defender, scored 17 times for Forest during his stay, providing 33 assists as well.
He was surprisingly only sent off once too, away at Leeds in April 2011. Forest contested that card, remarking at the time it was out of character for Cohen. History has proven that to be the case, with him only amassing 39 yellow cards. Remember, he’s been there since 2007.
With Cohen in the side the average points per game Forest have won is 1.48, a haul that hasn’t seen them get into the Championship but one that is still commendable. He’s been Player of the Year, he’s always signed new deals when presented to him and he was once described by Stuart Pearce as ‘everything you want in a captain.’ High praise indeed.
Including caretaker bosses, Karanka is Cohen’s 19th boss at Nottingham Forest and with a move into the back room staff likely, he’s not done yet. In January he was put in charge of the U23 team following Jack Lester’s move to Chesterfield, with the current intention that he remain with the club.
Chris Cohen, Forest legend.