Joe Worrall has spoken of his desire to commit his long-term future to Nottingham Forest, as he continues to be linked with a move away from the City Ground.
The 23-year-old has been one of the standout players for Forest so far this season and is an ever-present for the Reds in the Championship.
The defender has risen through the ranks at Forest and has played an extremely important role in the Reds’ promising start to the current season under Sabri Lamouchi.
His impressive performances for the Reds at centre-back haven’t gone noticed, as he’s been linked with moves to a number of Premier League clubs over the past few weeks.
The likes of Matty Cash and Ryan Yates have both signed long-term contract extensions at the City Ground recently, but Worrall – whose current deal at the club is set to expire in 2022 – is yet to have been offered one.
However, Worrall has revealed that a new contract is something that’s been spoken about over the past couple of weeks.
Speaking to Nottinghamshire Live, the defender admitted that he’s keen to commit his long-term future to Forest and spoke of his desire to help the club return to the Premier League.
He said: “I’m still waiting! It’s something that’s been spoken about the last couple of weeks. A lot of the ‘one of our own’ lads have signed new contracts, so I’m a bit miffed I’ve not been offered one yet!”
Worrall added: “Of course. I want to stay here for as long as I can and get as much out of my Forest career as I possibly can.
“There’s only one thing on my mind, and that’s getting into the Premier League. If we do that, fantastic. If we don’t, I’ll still be here next year hopefully trying to do it again.”
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Worrall has been excellent for Nottingham Forest so far this season and if I’m honest, I’m surprised the club haven’t offered him a new contract – he certainly deserves one.
He’s a great defender, a real leader on the pitch and should continue to improve as he gains more experience – it’s no surprise that he’s starting to attract interest from the Premier League.
I can’t see him wanting to leave Forest, though. He’s risen through the ranks at the football club and is already a firm fans’ favourite. If he can help the club win promotion to the Premier League, he could become a legend at the City Ground.
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