Nottingham Forest centre-back Joe Worrall may be set to stay at the City Ground this summer, despite a host clubs being interested in him.
In a recent post on Twitter, after being awarded as the Nottingham Forest Supporters’ Club Player of the Year and the Gedling Branch Player of the Year, the 24-year-old discussed how honoured he was to pick up the trophies, as well as commenting on the club’s below-par performances in the Championship this season.
However, despite the reported summer interest of teams such as West Ham United, Norwich City and Burnley, the defender then appeared to drop a rather large hint regarding his future at Forest, claiming that next season is a chance for him and the Garibaldi to achieve something special.
He said: “Extremely honoured to pick up these awards, I would like to thank everybody for your support this season. This season, off the back of the last, has been disappointing and way below par from us all. Next season is a chance to try and achieve something special. Thank you!”
As Worrall points out, Forest’s 2020/21 Championship campaign has been one that is not likely to live long in the memory of the City Ground faithful, with the Reds finishing in an extremely disappointing 17th place in the league standings.
However, despite the team’s general poor performances, Worrall still managed to impress over his 31 Championship appearances from the heart of Chris Hughton’s defence, with the £3.6 million-rated centre-back helping his side to keep 12 clean sheets, as well as making an average of 1.1 interceptions, 0.8 tackles and 4.2 clearances per game, culminating in an average SofaScore match rating of 6.94 – ranking him as the club’s fifth-best performer in the second tier.
As such, Worrall’s hint that he could remain at the club next season is something that is likely to leave the Garibaldi fans buzzing, as it would very much appear, if Hughton is to have any hope of mounting a promotion push next season, the player labelled by Steven Gerrard as a “leader” will be a crucial part of any success the club may have going forwards.