Mansfield Town manager John Dempster has confirmed the door is open for a return to Field Mill for Tyler Walker but admits it might be difficult to attract him back into League Two.
Nottingham Forest striker Walker spent the season on loan in the basement division and racked up 22 goals in 44 appearances as the Stags finished fourth.
Agonisingly, Walker missed the crucial penalty in the play-off semi-final which saw his side eliminated and cost David Flitcroft his job. Despite that, new manager Dempster revealed he has spoken to Walker and would welcome him back, if a deal could be struck.
“I spoke to Tyler Walker this week and wished him well,” he told the official club website.
“He’s back at [Nottingham] Forest, speaking to the manager there to find out what the plans are with him.
“He’s another player who spoke really highly of the football club and enjoyed his time here. I’ve told Tyler that he would be more than welcome back here next season.
“Being realistic, he will have a whole host of clubs that want him if he is made available for loan. But it’s one that we’ll keep in the pipeline.”
It’s previously been suggested by Paul Taylor of the Nottingham Post that Walker will be given a chance to impress at Forest after his successful loan spell. His previous stint away from the City Ground was with Bolton where he struggled to make an impact in the Championship.
If Mansfield Town believe that Tyler Walker is heading back there next season, they’re on another planet.
When Mo Eisa bagged more than 20 goals in that division he earned a £1.5m move to Bristol City.
Those goals will make Walker hot property for any League One club, whether that is on loan or as a permanent switch. He’s sure to be interesting bigger clubs than the Stags, who will have to look elsewhere for their next leading scorer.