Nottingham Forest boss Chris Hughton has revealed that he expects captain Lewis Grabban to be at the club next season.
Injuries have not helped Grabban while the arrival of Lyle Taylor and, in January, Glenn Murray have meant that the Reds have more options in the final third.
Hughton will likely be keen to make changes to his squad at the end of the season, in what will be his first summer transfer window in charge of the East Midlands club, but it seems moving the striker on is not one of them.
Speaking to The Athletic, he said: “I expect him to be here next season because he is still under contract. Unless something dramatic happens, I see him being here.
“For a player who played so many games last season, it has been difficult for him. In regards to his quality and what he means to the team, that does not change.”
Grabban has rarely stayed at a single club for long periods in his career but with his contract set to run until next summer, it seems the striker could well be set for a fourth-consecutive campaign at the City Ground.
He will be 34 by the time that deal expires, so you feel he may need to have a strong 2021/22 campaign to convince the Reds he deserves a new deal.
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It’s been a disappointing season for Grabban, there’s no doubt about that, but it seems as though Hughton is keen to keep him at the club rather than offload him in the summer.
With his contract set to expire next year, Forest run the risk of seeing him walk away for nothing at the end of the 2021/22 campaign but given his age, that’s unlikely to be a huge concern for the Reds.
He may have had a barren season but the whole squad has struggled and if they’re back to their best next term it would be no surprise to see him back in the game.
The 33-year-old is a quality player and a lethal finisher, that hasn’t changed because of a tough season.