Nottingham Forest were right to release me, says Matty Fryatt – but he refuses to give up on his career


Former Nottingham Forest striker Matty Fryatt says he hasn’t given up hope of putting his injury nightmare behind him and resuming his career.

But he believes it is only right the Reds released him this summer after more than two years on the sidelines.

Fryatt has not played since March 2015, having undergone three separate surgeries in a bid to fix an Achilles problem.

His contract at the City Ground ran out at the end of last season and, having not been offered a new one, he went on to have a spell training with Burton Albion before linking up with former club Walsall.

The 31-year-old admits he is still “not fixed” but is refusing to hang up his boots just yet.

“I’m trying. Obviously my contract expired, which is right because I didn’t play any games for Nottingham Forest – it’s just so disappointing that I couldn’t even get out there on the pitch,” said Fryatt, who made just 26 appearances in his three years at Forest.

“I did a pre-season with Burton, which I think came a little bit too soon for me; not really being in the right condition for them.

“But it was good to be out there for two weeks with them.

Matty Fryatt had been training with Burton and featured for the Brewers in pre-season

“The last month or so, I’ve been training with Walsall. They’ve given me an opportunity to go and train.

“The last month or so, and the last two weeks in particular, I’ve been training and am still hopeful of giving it a go.

“Time will tell with it. I’ve still got to manage all these things. I’m not fixed. But I’m giving it a go for the time being and will see what happens with it.”

Fryatt’s injury problems first came to light in November 2014, when he took a knock to his Achilles, but he carried on playing for several months before eventually going under the knife for the first time at the end of the 2014/15 campaign.

Two further surgeries followed, with the front man having admitted they “didn’t go well”.

Asked if he had set himself a time limit for his return before deciding to call it a day, Fryatt, speaking to the BBC, joked: “Probably another three years!

“Being serious, I know I’m running out of time. But if I can manage it, feel comfortable, get in some sort of condition – match fitness is something completely separate – but just general fitness and training, and still showing signs that I can still do it, then if there is some hope I will carry on for the time being.

“If that isn’t the case then I’ll have to call it a day. But you’re a long time retired, so if there is some hope then I’m going to keep on going and see what happens.”

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