Nottingham Forest are said to be in talks with Brennan Johnson regarding a new “long-term contract”, which is news of the most welcome variety.

According to The Telegraph, fresh terms are being discussed at the City Ground.

That comes as no real surprise.

It is, however, refreshing to learn that the Reds are looking to move swiftly and decisively.

Johnson’s star is on the rise.

He has long been regarded as a hot prospect on Trentside, but those outside of Nottingham are now starting to take notice.

Admiring glances from afar are a good thing.

They are a direct result of progress and potential.

Embraced

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Such interest should be embraced for as long as it remains just that.

Once you get into the territory of official approaches, then tough decisions need to be made.

Forest are looking to ensure that they remain in the strongest possible position to call the shots.

Get Johnson tied to a new deal and any suitors are nudged a little further out of reach.

The same approach was taken with Arvin Appiah not all that long ago.

As he emerged out of a famed academy system, but things were expected of him.

The Sun claimed at one stage that Manchester United were keen on the teenage winger.

Forest, while easing him into a first-team fold, quickly put an improved contract in place.

That helped to nudge up an asking price which eventually became £8 million.

For an 18-year-old with eight senior appearances to his name.

Not bad business.

Home-grown

 

With the likes of Ben Brereton slipping seamlessly into a similar category.

He signed a four-year deal in 2017, and was offloaded 12 months later.

There is no suggestion that Johnson is being lined up to tread a similar path, with the hope being that he can become a home-grown star at the City Ground.

Sabri Lamouchi, who handed him a debut against West Brom and a first start in a 3-0 win over Derby in the Carabao Cup, has said: “He is under 18 and is just an unbelievable player with the right mentality.”

Johnson has gone on to mark his bow for the Wales U21 side with a goal.

England, who he previously represented at youth level, are set to be readying an international tug-of-war.

Those back at his club are eager to ensure that a similar situation does not materialise domestically.

Forest will welcome the talk surrounding Johnson, but are also making the smart move to ensure that the debate does not rise above much more than a whisper.