As one of the “toughest” seasons comes to a close, Nottingham Forest boss Chris Hughton is stepping up preparations for a busy summer.
It is a campaign which has not panned out as expected for the Reds, with much of it spent scrapping towards the bottom of the table.
But the aim is to be challenging at the opposite end of the Championship next term.
To do that, Hughton needs to strengthen during the transfer window, having already identified bringing in attacking resources as a priority.
Loans coming to an end, contracts expiring and loanees returning means there will automatically be a significant turnover of players.
Boss Chris Hughton has been keeping tabs on the progress of Nottingham Forest youngster Dale Taylor – but says the teenager isn’t yet ready for the step up to the first-team.
The teenage forward signed a professional deal with the Reds in December, having initially made the move to the City Ground from Northern Irish side Linfield last summer.
He has made a good impression since his switch, picking up plenty of game time for Forest’s Under-18s and going on to play for the Under-23s.
Last month, he caught the eye with a superb individual goal for the latter in a 2-1 defeat against Cardiff City.
Nottingham Forest fans have been snapping up their seats at the City Ground, as the club hope to welcome back a crowd come August.
After more than a year of games being played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is hoped that will change for the start of the 2021/22 campaign.
In preparation, the club opened up season card renewals last week – and supporters were quick to secure their spots.
More than 2,000 season cards were renewed in the first two days of them going on sale. That is double the first two days of last term, with fans clearly eager to get back to watching the Reds play live.
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It is set to be a busy transfer window at the City Ground, with incomings and outgoings expected. And Hughton has already identified strengthening his attacking resources as his main priority.
But the Reds manager has also made clear that teams throughout the division are likely to face financial challenges when it comes to their transfer business, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic – and he will respect whatever budget he is given.
That could mean some clever work in the window is required.
Should Forest want to go down the free agents route, there are quite a few set to be available from fellow second tier sides.
Here’s a look at who will be let go by the Reds’ Championship rivals at the end of the campaign.
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