Nottingham Forest have announced that they have secured a conditional license to operate at a Category 1 Academy ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
The Reds have endured a frustrating season this term, with Chris Hughton’s side finishing 17th in the Championship table, after a poor run of results in the first-half of the season.
Speaking in an interview with the club’s official website after the announcement, Chairman Nicholas Randall labelled it as a ‘very important development’ for the Forest
“This is a very important development for the long-term future of the club. Category 1 status is the next step in developing more elite footballers.
“The club is extremely grateful to Mr Marinakis for his continued financial investments in the infrastructure of the club. It is the owner’s personal commitment to such strategic initiatives that has made this possible.
“This milestone is also a testament to the tireless work of Gary Brazil and the outstanding efforts of Chris McGuane, Andy Reid and many others.”
Plenty of the City Ground faithful took to social media to react to the news that the club secured a conditional license to operate at a Category 1 Academy for the upcoming season.
Take a look at the best of the reaction from Twitter below…
This is the best that Marinakis has achied since he took over and possibly the possibly best thing to happen to happen to the club since we were relegated from the PL back in 1999. Finally we're back we can compete with the big boys and attract the best local talent.
— Davo M (@davo261088) May 25, 2021
Great news however this is purely to deflect from the lack of movement with the stadium development – When is this happening?? #nffc
— Cenobite (@FirstCenobite) May 25, 2021
This is fantastic news. Well done everyone! Now to sort the first team out! #nffc
— John Patching (Mr P) (@JohnPatching) May 25, 2021
Great news for all concerned at the club under the leadership of @GazBraz The hard work starts now Bring it on 👍👍
— Neil Richardson (@nricho68) May 25, 2021
Brilliant guys! Well deserved. Let's be fair, we've produced more players than some of the other category 1 teams anyway, this will only improve it. Great work @NFFCAcademy @GazBraz and everyone involved
— Cameron Clark (@Camclarky) May 25, 2021
Outstanding news! Congratulations to everyone involved. Great news for the club
— Mark Roberts (@mwrgeography) May 25, 2021
Finally some news all of Forest fans can agree is actually brilliant for a change 😎
— forest forever (@forestforever11) May 25, 2021
Great news, shows the commitment our owner has #NFFC
— Dean Gibson (@DMGibo) May 25, 2021
— matt (@matt0675) May 26, 2021
Great news! We’ve seen some talented young players come through our set up, can’t wait to see what happens with the next crop. Well played all 👏🏼👏🏼
— Nick Moody (@eracmod) May 25, 2021
Many, many congratulations to all involved. This is great news. Onwards and upwards
— Lisa Akers 💙 (@Fenella718) May 25, 2021