Who is out of contract at Nottingham Forest this summer?

It looks like being a summer of change at Nottingham Forest, as boss Aitor Karanka looks to bring a bright future to a club that has struggled consistently in the Championship over recent years. The Reds boss is widely expected to allow a number of players to leave the City Ground in the coming weeks, while bringing in fresh blood which he hopes will signal some brighter times on the banks of the Trent. There are a number of players out of contract once the current campaign comes to an end, while there’s much speculation over the players that arrived in and around the January transfer window on loan or short-term deals. Here’s a round-up… Jack Hobbs Position: Defender Contract: Runs out in the summer In summary: The experienced defender has endured an often torrid stay at the City Ground, consistently hampered by injuries in recent years. This season, he’s played just four times with his last coming in the 5-1 Carabao Cup defeat at Chelsea in September, while last term he managed just 10 appearances last season, and 23 the campaign before that. What of the future? Hitting the comeback trail, the 29-year-old featured for the second time in the Under-23s on Friday, playing 90 minutes in a 2-0 win at Birmingham City in a hope that he can impress boss Karanka. Maybe a pay as you play deal is something that could appeal to both club and player, given that Hobbs is a model professional and one that would be an excellent role model to the younger players. That said, if Forest as we expect them to do, sign Michael Dawson from Hull, would there be a need for Hobbs’ experience alongside Dawson’s, especially when you have the likes of Danny Fox, Michael Mancienne and Eric Lichaj? You suspect he'll be allowed to move on and find a new club. 




Jack Hobbs makes a defensive block as Brimingham City shoot
Chris Cohen Position: Midfielder Contract: Runs out this summer In summary: The club captain is another experienced professional that just has endured injury after injury and finally, they look to have taken their toll on the midfielder - which is a crying shame. Cohen has played just twice this term, the first coming in the opening night win over Millwall and then the 2-1 success against Shrewsbury in the Cup just a few days later. Few could forget his stunning goal against Ipswich that virtually sealed survival on the final day of last season back in May and that emotional celebration that followed with the fitness staff that had invested so much time into his rehabilitation. What of the future? The 31-year-old has been coaching with the Under-23s, and while he’s not able to officially be on the touchline owing to Football League rules, Cohen’s involvement with the Reds’ youngsters seems like a natural fit, and a good man to keep around the football club. He’s been at Forest over a decade now since his move from Yeovil Town, and Cohen’s commitment to the club has never been in question. Keeping him involved in a coaching capacity beyond the summer feels like a good move and one you expect to be confirmed in due course. 




Nottingham Forest celebrate Chris Cohen's goal against Ipswich Town as they clinched survival on the last day of the season
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David Vaughan Position: Midfielder Contract: Runs out this summer In summary: When fit, the Welshman has been one of the most influential midfielders at the City Ground in recent years. Keeping him fit has always been a problem with a succession of niggly injury issues blighting his career on Trentside and robbing the side of a technically superb footballer. Under Mark Warburton, Vaughan was a pivotal figure in the fluid system he operated, and his form was key in staying up last term. He played the first three games under Karanka, but due to more fitness struggles, hasn’t been involved since, and had he of recovered, the arrival of Adlene Guedioura, Ben Watson and Jack Colback, may well have seen his opportunities limited. What of the future? At the age of 35, Vaughan has oodles of experience and would be an asset to any football club, given his superb level of professionalism and dedication to the sport. It’s unlikely he’ll be offered a new playing contract at Forest, however and his next move would largely be decided by him, if he feels his body still has something left in the tank. 




Alex Iwobi is challenged by David Vaughan
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 Ashkan Dejagah  Contract: Short-term deal runs until the end of the season What of the future? Having joined the club in a bid to get in shape ready to play for Iran at the World Cup, the former Fulham man got injured, one which ruled him out for the season after coming on against former club Fulham for his debut in early February. Boss Karanka hasn’t ruled out giving him more time to earn a move to the club beyond the summer though that remains to be seen. 




Nottingham Forest's Ashkan Dejagah
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Juan Fuentes Contract: Short-term deal runs until the end of the season What of the future? The Spaniard, signed on a free transfer after the closure of the transfer window, has yet to make a single appearance at the City Ground. Read More
Ben Osborn’s form at left-back has kept him out the side, while he’s also not been involved in any Under-23 football, so the likelihood of him remaining at the club beyond the summer, having failed to dislodge a midfielder playing out of position, must surely be up in the air. Given that Forest's safety is just about assured, if Karanka wants to get a look at him in competitive football, then he has four games to do it. 




Juan Rafael Fuentes takes his places amongst the substitutes for the match against Reading.
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Costel Pantilimon Contract: Loan deal until the end of the season What of the future? The on-loan goalkeeper has made it clear that he’d like to stay, while his manager has said similar and his impact has been there for all to see. Expect Forest to try and do a deal with Watford for the experienced Romanian, who has a deal at Vicarage Road until next summer and is clearly not in their immediate plans. With Jordan Smith and Stefanos Kapino, the addition of the giant stopper would give the Reds real competition in that position next term which can only bode well. 




Costel Pantilimon
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Jack Colback Contract: Loan deal until the end of the season What of the future? It’s no secret that Karanka would love to keep the Newcastle man on Trentside beyond the end of the campaign, because his partnership with Ben Watson has been key to Forest's more solid look in recent months. Given that he’s been frozen out by Rafael Benitez and there’s been something of a public war of words between the two since his move to Nottingham, it’s unlikely his future remains at St James’ Park, especially after the Toon secured safety of their own by beating Arsenal. Read More
Wages may well be a stumbling block with reports in the North East suggesting he’s earning in the region of £40,000 a week, something the Reds should not look to go anywhere near. Given his form and consistency, you’d imagine there would be a plethora of interest in his signature come the summer, should, as you imagine will happen, Newcastle sanction his sale with a year remaining on his Tyneside deal. For his part, Colback his keeping his options firmly open and just focussing on his football and waiting until the end of the campaign. 




Jack Colback on the ball at the City Ground
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Kieran Dowell Contract: Loan deal until the end of the season What of the future? While things may have gone quiet for the youngster on loan from Everton in the second half of the season, there’s no doubt Dowell has been a fine addition to Forest this term. Nine Championship goals is the best return at the club, and in the early part of the season his form was a joy to watch. The move has been a good learning curve for him, playing under two different managers, with very different philosophies will be good for his education, as will his drop in form and subsequent lack of game time in recent weeks. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him stay for another season, though much will depend on what happens with Sam Allardyce at Goodison Park this summer, and whether or not Forest can bring in Tomlin or similar on a permanent deal. 




Middlesbrough's Grant Leadbitter and Nottingham Forest's Kieran Dowell
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Lee Tomlin Contract: Loan deal until the end of the season What of the future? That probably depends largely on Tomlin himself. If Cardiff get promoted to the top flight, he’s talked about going back to Wales and having a crack at the top level, whether or not Neil Warnock would allow that remains to be seen. If the Bluebirds don’t get a place in the Premier League either in second place or through the play-offs, then you sense Tomlin would be more open to a move here. It’s no secret about the level of admiration both Tomlin and Karanka have for each other, so the Reds boss will be keen to keep the mercurial frontman on Trentside, but it will cost with City looking to recoup as much of the £2.7m they paid Bristol City last summer as possible. 




Lee Tomlin reacts after he thumped a shot against the post with Brentford goalkeeper Daniel Bentley beaten
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Tobias Figueiredo Contract: Loan until the end of the season What of the future? Karanka pretty much confirmed on Saturday after the win over Ipswich that the defender, so impressive since his arrival, would see his loan deal made permanent this summer. Read More
That’s been the expectation following that move from Sporting Lisbon, and few could have predicted that it’d go as well as it did. 




Tobias Figueiredo is expected to join the Reds this summer on a permanent deal
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