The 2016/17 campaign was certainly not one to remember for Nottingham Forest supporters and their ardent group of followers will be hoping for a change in fortunes during next season.

There is definitely cause for optimism under an astute manager in Mark Warburton, whilst the club also hope to announce this week that the club has been taken over by Greek investors.

Forest are a proud football club steeped in history and one aspect of the club that is still positively brimming is the youth academy, with Gary Brazil and Jack Lester working wonders in charge of the development at the club.

The Reds faithful are sticklers for seeing players strut their stuff on the City Ground turf when they have risen through the academy ranks and one exciting part of next season starting is seeing which member of the academy is the latest player to make the step up.

Football League World writer Lee Clarke looks at two young players who will be desperate to impress the Forest boss during pre-season.