Nottingham Forest forward Lewis Grabban has revealed he has not yet had any contract with the club regarding a new potential deal and also that he is relaxed over his future.
Grabban has been a vital member of Nottingham Forest’s squad ever since he arrived at the City Ground in the summer of 2018. His highlight so far for Forest was firing home 20 league goals in 45 appearances during the 2019/20 campaign as the Reds just about missed out on a place in the play-offs.
The experienced forward has managed to improve his form this season after a difficult campaign last season where he scored just six goals in 28 Championship appearances. He has already bettered that tally this time around and has scored eight times in his 16 appearances so far this term.
Steve Cooper’s arrival at the City Ground has helped start to get the best form out of Grabban and he could be key to helping the Reds continue to push their way up the table.
However, the 33-year-old is set to be out of contract in the summer, after he signed a four-year deal with the club when he arrived in 2018. There has not yet been any clarity either was as to whether he will be offered a new contract or not by the club.
Speaking to Nottinghamshire Live, Grabban revealed that he is yet to speak to Forest about the prospect of signing a new contract. He also added though that he is relaxed about his long-term future at the moment.
“Nah nothing yet, you can ask the club if they want to do that! But nothing at the moment.
“I’m just concentrating on games.
“It’s still pretty early, and everyone is relaxed, so we’ll just carry on with the games.
“I’m pretty relaxed in terms of what’s going to happen. Whatever will be, will be.
“I’m not too worried.”
On whether he would like to stay at the City Ground he added: “Of course, why not? It’s been a good four years. It’s been nice.
“The team is doing well. The club is progressing in the right direction. A lot of positive things have been happening lately behind the scenes – obviously the fans don’t get to see as much as we see.
“It’s a good time at the moment. I’m happy here. We’ll see what happens.”
It is good news for Forest that Grabban is wanting to remain at the City Ground and sign a new deal if the Reds feel that he is worthy of an extension. That means that negotiations over any new contract should not be too difficult for the club and so they can take their time over whether it is right to offer the 33-year-old fresh terms.
Grabban has been in excellent form so far this season and that alone might be enough to convince the club that they need to extend his contract. Having said that, he is 33-years-old and it might be a gamble to offer much more than a one-year contract, that is something that the forward might not be wanting to accept.
Cooper’s long-term vision at the City Ground will be potentially key to resolving Grabban’s future. Does the new manager feel that the forward can be a part of his side over the next few seasons? Or does he feel that he needs younger options? The answer to those questions could go a long way to deciding the fate of the forward.