By Danny Wright
Nottingham Forest confirmed on Monday that David Vaughan has agreed terms for a one-year contract extension.
The 34-year-old made 33 appearances for the Reds in all competitions as they narrowly avoided relegation to the third-tier in the season that has just ended.
He supplied two assists in the final fixture as Forest beat Ipswich 3-0 to secure their survival and a statement on the club’s official website confirmed that his role in Mark Warburton’s plans was vital to the midfielder signing a new deal.
“Nottingham Forest are delighted to confirm that midfielder David Vaughan has signed a new contract with The Reds,” read the statement.
“Vaughan has penned a one-year deal to extend his stay at The City Ground into a fifth season after proving to be an influential figure for Mark Warburton’s men as Forest secured Championship safety.”
Vaughan joined Forest initially on a loan deal from Sunderland in the 2013/14 season and has since made 95 appearances in all competitions for the Reds, scoring twice.
He is a veteran of the Championship, having made 240 appearances in the second tier across spells at Crewe, Blackpool and now Nottingham Forest.
The 42-times Wales international was a part of the Blackpool team that were surprise winners of the 2009/10 Championship play-offs and helped them defy the odds in the resulting campaign in the top flight.
He moved to the Stadium of Light following the Seasiders’ relegation but struggled to find form before he was eventually shipped out to Forest.
Football Insider Verdict
If Warburton wants to get the best out of his squad in the upcoming season, then getting a fresh deal done for a player like Vaughan is a great way to get started. He’s a very experienced player who proved pivotal in helping Forest avoid relegation. Vaughan will have a good influence in the dressing room and, even though at the age of 34, he’s proved he is still capable while on the pitch. It could well be his last year at the City Ground though and Warburton should use his talent spotting to unearth a youngster who can follow in his footsteps.
In other Nottingham Forest news, the Reds are also in the hunt for this 21-year-old midfielder.