Nottingham Forest are still in with a shout of reaching the Championship play-offs this season, currently sitting three points away from the top-six.

Behind the scenes, attention may have already switched towards next season, however, as Martin O’Neill decides who he sees as part of his plans moving forward.

 

It is fair to suggest that the Forest squad could do with streamlining.

A few experienced players are currently kicking their heels on the fringes, whilst some of the younger lads are craving regular game time.

Seat Pitch looked at three players who should be moved on from the City Ground during the summer.

Liam Bridcutt

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The defensive midfielder arrived at Forest from Leeds and hasn’t let anyone down whilst wearing a red shirt.

The 29-year-old has quite simply fallen foul to the fact that the club is well-stocked in midfield, with the likes of Jack Colback and Ryan Yates performing well.

Bridcutt is far too good to not be playing football somewhere and given his age a summer departure seems inevitable.

Jamie Ward

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The ex-Derby County man is out of contract during the summer and is unlikely to be offered fresh terms.

Ward spent the first half of the current campaign on loan at Charlton but a change in management at Forest saw him head back to the City Ground.

The 32-year-old needs to be playing regular football and after failing to set League One alight at the Valley, his days playing Championship football look to be consigned to history.

Michael Hefele

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The German defender only signed for the Reds on transfer deadline day back in August but could find himself down the pecking order next season.

Hefele hasn’t played since New Year’s Day and has now fallen down the ranks behind Alex Milosevic and Yohan Benalouane, as he works his way back to fitness.

With Joe Worrall returning from Rangers and Michael Dawson and Tobias Figueiredo likely to be fit next season, there doesn’t look to be a place in O’Neill’s squad for the 28-year-old.