Colin: I don’t want rid of Grant

In a week of mixed messages, Calderwood has finally broken the Forest silence on the whole Grant Holt issue.  He’s basically said that he’s delighted he’s still here, and reiterated his lack of desperation to see any of our squad move on (presumably with the exception of Padula type players 😆 ).  It’s interesting, because the way he phrases it is different to how it’s been previously reported.

Rather than suggest that Bristol made an offer, which we accepted – he suggests Grant asked to be informed of any firm offers made for him (Colin doesn’t mention whether or not we accepted it), and decided himself to visit Bristol to see what was on offer (Grant suggested in interviews he went out of courtesy due to an offer being accepted – not that he actually wanted to go).

So rather than clear things up, Colin’s latest comments confuse me all the more – did we want to sell Grant, did Grant want to consider moves because of his lack of first team opportunities?  Who knows.  What is pleasing to read is that Colin has said Grant has applied himself in training and is very much ‘back in the fold’ – whoa! whoa! Super Grant Holt! Super Grant Holt!

Click here to read the full piece on the official Forest website.

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We’re after Windass – is it April Fool’s day?!

The Daily Mirror is reporting today that Dean Windass is a £500k target for Forest in January; now whilst I obviously enjoy a dig at a player who’s been a thorn in our side over the years, he is a talented player without a doubt, and his nine goals so far this season are testiment to his continued effectiveness infront of goal.

However – he’s 37 – and half a million quid for someone who will last half a season at best (in my opinion) seems folly, particularly since if it were true, then presumably Grant Holt would be the player we’d sacrifice to fund part of the move.  Now I would say Windass is the more talented of the two, however, Grant is younger and can actually run – he’s only scored one less than Windass too, in fewer games.

I find it tough to believe we’d be after him, he’s been loyal to Bradford City before when Wigan were after him; he’s too old – and the price mentioned is ludicrous.  A chap on the LTLF forum made me smile with his appraisal of the situation:

When a large Ginsters truck arrives outside the City Ground, start worrying.

Nothing can happen now until after Christmas, at which time Mr Windass will be so fat he’ll require his own dressing room.

So keep an eye out for pie and pasty trucks at the City Ground – it could be that we’re signing Windass – or Rogers is coming back! 😆

Can you hear the drums, Fernandez?

Young defender Vincent Fernandez has made a deadline day switch to Blackpool to cover for the injury of Marc Joseph, so he should get to opportunity to get more first team football under his belt, despite forcing his way onto the fringes of the first team with appearances in cup games, and on the bench in league encounters.

He was loaned out to Wycombe Wanderers earlier in the season – and at 20, it’s starting to get towards make or break time for him at Forest; that said, his game against Brentford in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy he showed signs of promise – particularly in the air – although he was nutmegged by Kuffour in the leadup to their goal!

In other news, I’ve apparently been shortlisted to be sent to Japan to blog about the World Club Cup – I’ve been a bit slow off the mark to realise this, and as such the voting deadline is today – so if you’d like to send me to Japan, then click here and vote for this blog, or any of the other excellent sites that may catch your eye on the voting form!