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Departing Nottingham Forest striker sends Twitter message to fans

By Harvey Byrne

Dexter Blackstock has thanked Nottingham Forest fans for their messages after he terminated his contract with the club.

The 30-year-old forward agreed to leave Forest on Thursday by mutual consent, despite having a year left on his deal.

In a statement released via his personal Twitter account, the Antigua and Barbuda international paid tribute to deceased former owner Nigel Doughty for bringing him to the club and wished current owner Fawaz Al Hasawi and the club “all the very best.”

The Midlands side revealed on the club’s official Twitter account that Blackstock, who joined the club in 2009 had left the club after seven years.

During his time at the club he has played in 189 encounters scoring 45 goals, including an initial loan spell.

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However, he had not featured under new boss Philippe Montanier as he found himself someway down the club’s striker pecking order under the French manager.

The deadline-day signing of forward Nicolao Dumitru proved to spell the end of Blackstock’s career at the City Ground with Britt Assombalonga, Matty Fryatt and Apostolos Vellios also favoured ahead of him in the side.

Forest have started the new campaign well with three wins from their opening five matches and they will be keen to maintain their form with the famous club targeting a return to England’s top flight.

In other Nottingham Forest team news, Forest boss Philippe Montanier has made the bold statement that he wants to guide his side to English League Cup glory.