Massive boost for Nottingham Forest as senior star pledges future even if relegated
By Danny Wright
Chris Cohen has revealed that he will begin talks over a new Nottingham Forest contract next week.
The midfielder’s current deal is due to expire at the end of the season, but by agreeing fresh terms, he will be extending his stay at the City Ground to ten years.
The Nottingham Post claims that Cohen is expected to sign a one-year extension to his deal.
When asked about his contract situation, the 30-year-old was quoted by the Nottingham Post as saying: “All that matters is Sunday, then we can worry about everything else. It [his contract] will be sorted next week.
Nottingham Forest could face relegation to League One if results go against them on Sunday.
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Mark Warburton’s side welcome Ipswich to the City Ground and know that a win still might not be enough to keep themselves in the division with Blackburn and Birmingham also fighting for safety.
However, Cohen says that him signing a new deal will not depend on which league the Reds will be playing in next season.
“I have always wanted to stay, no matter where we are or whatever else. That has not changed. But hopefully that will be in the Championship, after this weekend,” he added.
“It will not be dependent on what happens, no. It will all be finalised next week. But everything else is insignificant to me, at the moment. All that matters is getting the job done this weekend.
“At the moment we are just focused on Sunday – that is all that matters. We are just concentrating on this game.”
Cohen’s time at the East Midlands club has been ravaged by injury and has only been able to make 21 appearances across all competitions this season.
Since returning from a four-month lay-off in March, the Forest captain has started in all but two matches.
The former West Ham midfielder is just four games away from making his 300th appearance for Forest in all competitions.
Football Insider Verdict
Cohen’s time at the City Ground has been plagued by injury and he could have easily gone on to pick up almost 500 appearances for them if he was able to stay fit. Unfortunately, not only has it scuppered his career, it’s also forced Forest close to relegation to League One. The club’s fans can count themselves lucky in having a player as loyal as Cohen, because he’s shown that it doesn’t matter where the club will be playing next year, he will still be a part of the squad. Warburton’s speciality is youth and having the 30-year-old working alongside his younger players will be a massive boost to their development.
In other Nottingham Post news, Kenny Burns has said where he believes the blame lies for this season’s horror show.