By Danny Wright
Mark Warburton has confirmed that midfielder Jorge Grant will exit Nottingham Forest on loan this summer.
The Reds boss hasn’t completely revealed where the 22-year-old will be heading, but has hinted that he may only be making a short trip across the River Trent to city rivals Notts County.
Grant spent the second half of last season with the Magpies in League Two and managed to impress the Meadow Lane faithful with six goals and three assists in 17 appearances.
Warburton will no doubt be hoping that Grant can continue that form for County before he returns to the City Ground.
When asked if the central midfield was going to return to Notts County, Warburton was quoted by the Nottingham Post as saying: “Jorge will go out on loan. Young players need to play football. He will not be going very far. He will be able to walk to work, put it that way.
“Young players have to go out and play; they have to be involved.”
Grant barely featured in the Forest first-team ahead of his temporary switch across the River Trent last season as he made just six appearances in the Championship.
In his entire career at the City Ground, the playmaker has failed to get a grip on a spot in the senior squad and has spent most of his time playing with the youth sides.
He has just 20 total appearances for the Reds.
Football Insider Verdict
With Grant set to go out on loan yet again, it could be a sign that his time with Nottingham Forest is over. He played well in League Two last season, but that is poles apart from squaring up to the likes of Aston Villa, Norwich and Middlesbrough in the Championship. Warburton is supposed to be keen on helping younger players rise through the ranks and it’s a real surprise that he isn’t willing to keep hold of Grant, despite him not long ago penning a new contract. At the age of 22, he should really be fighting for a place in the senior squad, not being sent out on loan season-after-season.
In other Nottingham Forest news, this Premeir League striker could be having a medical with the Reds by Saturday.