Mansfield Town boss John Dempster has told the Mansfield Chad that Nottingham Forest striker Tyler Walker is ‘welcome back’ at One Call Stadium next season.
The 22-year-old bagged himself 26 goals for the Stags last season, helping them to the League Two play-offs where they lost in the semi-final to Newport County.
The Forest academy graduate will return to the Reds for pre-season training. He is expected to earn a chance to impress boss Martin O’Neill before the club decided on his next move.
Walker’s goals saw him quickly adored by the ardent Mansfield supporters and new boss Dempster says he has had a conversation with the striker.
He told the Mansfield Chad: “I spoke to Tyler Walker this week and wished him well.
“Tyler is back at Forest speaking to the manager there to find out what their plans are with him. He could end up in their plans.
“I have encouraged him that he would be more than welcome back here next season if that was to be an option.”
Dempster, previously the Stags’ youth team head coach, was appointed as the club’s manager last week following the departure of David Flitcroft. He did hint, however, that Walker won’t be returning to Mansfield.
He continued: “Being realistic, he is going to have a whole host of clubs that would want him if he was made available for loan, probably from higher divisions – we know that.”
The Seat Pitch Verdict
Tyler Walker clearly had an impact on most people at Mansfield Town Football Club during his largely successful loan spell.
Given the number of goals he netted during his time at the club, it seems only natural that Martin O’Neill will take a look at him during pre-season.
It wouldn’t represent a massive surprise to see him head out on loan once again. Walker has proved his worth in League Two, so a move to a League One club could well be the next step in his development.
Forest aren’t blessed with lots of options in attack so an opportunity is there for the youngster to grasp if he wants it.