They will get what they deserve, I’m sure – Nottingham Forest boss on players chasing new deals


Boss Mark Warburton would not be drawn on whether more players will soon be offered new Nottingham Forest contracts, following Joe Worrall’s improved deal earlier this week.

The Reds centre-back signed a four-and-a-half-year contract to commit himself to the City Ground club until 2022, with Warburton saying it was reward for his progress over the last few months – including being called up by England Under-21s for the first time.

Other players, such as fellow defender Eric Lichaj, however, will see their current deals expire in the summer but have yet to put pen to paper.

Lichaj has not yet been offered fresh terms by Forest, though last weekend said he was “still hopeful of signing a new deal”.

“Every player is different and every situation is different,” said Forest manager Mark Warburton.

“You’ve got people out of contract this year but as you saw last year, with Chris Cohen and David Vaughan, they maintained their standards and there was professionalism. They just focused on the game, the quality of their performance and how they could help the team, then the rest just followed.

“All the players, I encourage them to do the same.

“With Joe, we’ve moved early on a young England player. They go away with England and their countries, you’re mixing with various different players from different clubs and much talk goes on. What we have to do is recognise that; recognise that a young player, in Joe’s case, playing for England Under-21s is a big achievement. He’ll keep pushing on now.”

Joe Worrall has signed a new deal with Nottingham Forest

Lichaj found game time limited earlier this season, but has started the last two games, against Derby County and Burton Albion.

His appearance at Pride Park was his first for the Reds in almost a month, and he followed that game up with a standout performance against the Brewers in which he found the back of the net and memorably celebrated by running the length of the pitch.

“For Eric, he had to be patient for his chance. His chance has come and he has responded fantastically well so far,” Warburton said.

“For all of these players, their job is to perform out on the pitch, work hard every day, show the intensity of training every single day, and the rewards will follow.

“They will get what they deserve, I’m sure.”

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