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‘Modern day travesty’ – Many Nottingham Forest fans react to player’s fall from grace

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Former Nottingham Forest midfielder Lewis McGugan remains without a club after leaving Northampton Town in 2018.

Coming through the Forest youth teams, McGugan made his debut for the senior team at the age of 17 in October 2006 and his performances would gain him a place in the 2006/2007 squad.

Netting seven goals in his next season, McGugan would help Forest achieve promotion back to the Championship and he would then go on to make 229 appearances, scoring 44 goals in the process.

Despite being a mainstay in Forest’s side, the Long Eaton born footballer was criticised for his fitness and frequent fall-outs with coaches at the club.

His time with Forest came to an end in 2013, joining Gianfranco Zola’s Watford but despite a wave of excitement at the move and a good first season in which McGugan scored 11 goals; he was sold by Zola’s replacement Slaviša Jokanović.

A four year stint with Sheffield Wednesday following but McGugan only made 39 appearances, playing in no official matches between 2016 and 2017.

A long time out of the game saw McGugan move to Northampton in the 2017/2018 season, making 14 appearances, scoring once.

However, in the summer of 2018 – he failed various fitness tests and was allowed to leave the club on a free transfer.

Subsequent trials with St Mirren, Bradford City and Port Vale all come with no success and minimal offers came about this summer.

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Forest fans who remember McGugan will be right in their thinking that he could have been one of the best players to wear the club shirt, but the now 31-year-old failed to really take off.

Football Writer Paul Taylor has written about the midfielder recently via The Athletic and fans of Forest have reacted to a tweet he posted reflecting on his career.


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