By Aramide Oladipo
Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton has sent out a message to goalkeeper Jordan Smith stating that his place between the sticks is not a guarantee next season.
The 22-year-old goalkeeper has been at the club throughout his entire career but he has spent the majority of time out on loan.
Smith was brought back into the fold following the injury goalkeeper Stephen Henderson suffered in February in the 5-1 defeat at the hands of Norwich City at Carrow Road.
Smith went on to make 14 starts for Forest where he managed to achieve four clean sheets.
His biggest contribution came on the final day of the season against Ipswich Town when he made a spectacular save with the score at 0-0.
Forest went on to win the match 3-0 thanks to a brace from Britt Assombalonga and a long range effort from Chris Cohen, a result which prevented Forest from being relegated to League One.
Speaking with the Nottingham Post, Forest boss Warburton said he’s been impressed with Smith’s performances but that the goalkeeper, along with the rest of the squad, will have to prove himself next season in order to start for the club.
“That is the target for all the players. I never guarantee any player a starting spot, ever. Any player worth his salt will relish the challenge of competition. They want to be pushed day in, day out,” he said.
“Sometimes your best signings can be number twos – I am not just talking about goalkeepers, I am just using that example. I am talking about signing an outstanding player to push somebody for their place in the side, in every position.
“Our job is to ensure we have competition in all areas of the park. No player can be comfortable in their position.”
Nottingham Forest will be starting their 10th consecutive season in the Championship and it’ll be Warburton’s first full season in charge of the club.
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