It has been another season of change on the banks of the Trent.
Once again, the Red side of the river has failed to complete a full campaign without a change of manager – something not seen at Nottingham Forest since 2010-11 when the club last finished in the Championship’s top six.
It is this severe lack of stability over the years that has seen the Reds’ squad become increasingly bloated, with a staggering 42 senior players currently on Forest’s books – including those who were on loan with the team this season.
Each manager brings their own vision for a club. Aitor Karanka sanctioned 17 signings last summer, and now Martin O’Neill will look to bring in fresh faces.
But in order to do that, the playing squad must undoubtedly be trimmed first.
Here we look at TWO players who seem likely to be on the way out over the summer.
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The Northern Ireland international is one name to have fallen victim to managerial changes in recent years.
A regular under previous coaches, Ward has instead spent time away on loan and not featured for the Reds in 16 months, with his last start coming in a 3-0 win over Ipswich Town – a result that saw Forest avoid relegation to League One in May 2017.
With the east midlands side now looking upwards rather than over their shoulders, the former Derby County man has served his purpose and will be seeking pastures new after his contract expires at the end of June.
The tough-tackling midfielder was brought to the club by Mark Warburton in August 2017, but has failed to hold down a place in the side since the former manager’s departure just four months later.
Bridcutt’s last appearance in a red shirt came in October’s surprise Carabao Cup exit to Burton Albion, and in recent weeks he has been turning out for the club’s under 23s side.
With a year still to run on his deal at the City Ground, it will be interesting to see how his future pans out this summer, with the 30-year-old seemingly very much out of O’Neill’s plans.