Nottingham Forest fans will be desperate to see Joe Worrall stay at the club beyond this summer amid potential interest from elsewhere.
The Reds did well to keep hold of Worrall last summer following their failure to win promotion tot he Premier League.
Matty Cash, another homegrown star, departed for Aston Villa for around £16million, with Worrall attracting interest from Burnley. The Clarets were unable to match Forest’s valuation of the defender, though, much to the Reds’ delight.
Worrall has endured a frustrating season with injury, missing the best part of two months through an ankle injury, before cracking a rib against Luton at the start of this month.
But in between those injury spells, the defender was a standout performer for the Reds, reigniting his solid understanding with Tobias Figueiredo in the absence of Scott McKenna.
In Lewis Grabban’s absence, too, Worrall has been captain, and his leadership and talking qualities have been there for all to see.
He isn’t afraid to dish out orders and organise his back line, and you can see his anger whenever the Reds to concede a goal in whatever circumstance.
One thing that remains clear with Worrall is his love and passion for the club. He wants Forest to succeed as much as any of those fans watching from afar do.
He spoke honestly after a 3-1 home defeat to Brentford in December, saying: “We need to look at ourselves, obviously we are all a team but we are not friends at the end of the day. We need to be honest with each other.”
His love for the club is evident. After throwing away a 1-0 lead to Derby County in February, the clip of him saying “it wasn’t Barcelona, it was Derby” in his broad Nottingham accent caused plenty of laughs on social media.
He’s not only one of the main figureheads of his boyhood club, but he is also a fan just like anyone else. That should stand Forest in good stead in their hopes of keeping him this summer.