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Michael Dawson opens up as Nottingham Forest future remains up in the air

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Michael Dawson admits he is unsure what the future holds for him as his Nottingham Forest contract continues to run down.

Dawson rejoined Forest from Hull City in 2018, initially signing on a two-year deal before penning a new one-year deal last summer.

The 37-year-old didn’t make a single appearance for Forest in the 2020/21 campaign, though. In fact, he was named in the matchday squad only seven times under Chris Hughton, and was seen doing punditry duties for Sky towards the end of the campaign.

Dawson is one of seven players out of contract at the end of next month, and it appears unlikely that any of those players will be offered a new deal.

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Chris Hughton has already said that Dawson will not be offered a playing deal at the City Ground, but also said that the “door will always be open” if he chooses to take up a different role.

Speaking to the Gold Dust podcast, Dawson opened up on his future at the City Ground, admitting that he is unsure what the future holds.

He said: “Everyone talks about winning things, but I look at my career and think, ‘it’s been successful’.

“I’m at that age where you’re thinking of your next chapter. Where will I be in the summer? Will there be opportunities? What will it be, will it be playing, will it be media? We don’t know.”

The Verdict

It would be a shame to see Dawson leave the City Ground without fans being allowed to give him a proper goodbye.

He has been a fantastic servant to the football club, and many would love him to stay at the club as a coach, potentially alongside Andy Reid in the Under-23s’.

The centre-half has also been doing a lot of media work this season, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him do more of that going forward.


Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

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