Player of the year voting is open..

The voting for Forests’ player of the season is open – and well, I can’t say that we are awash with candidates this term realistically.  Forest being Forest, have enabled voting by text to reap in more of our hard earned readies, but you can also email your votes at no cost too.  Certainly I wouldn’t expect the reigning player of the year, captain Ian Breckin, to retain his award – although whilst he’s not been as reliable as last season, I think some of the criticism that comes his way is harsh.

Having a good think about it, due to injuries, suspensions and general incomings there has been quite a rotation of players this season.  There are plenty with games under their belt, who haven’t stood out – there are some with fewer games who’ve shone occasionally – so it’s a tough call.  Inconsistency has been Forests’ watchword this season – so it’s hard to try to pick on one player who elevates themselves above some of the, frankly, chaff we’ve had to endure this season.

Having pondered carefully, I’ve come up with three likely candidates.  The first is James Perch – he’s going through a quiet spell at the moment, but he’s come on leaps and bounds over the last couple of seasons.  The second is Wes Morgan – hampered by injuries and a lack of appearances, has started to return to his solid best after a torrid time under Megson.  And finally, my tip to win, Grant Holt – he has his faults, but you can’t argue with 18 goals despite regularly being dropped – and even almost sold – whilst I get frustrated with his constant moaning and diving, he’s certainly endured this year.

Details of how to vote are here – be careful if you agree with me and want to vote for Grant as you might end up voting for the wrong Holt.  Although I would find it amusing if Gary Holt won the award given the huge amount of mindless criticism he’s often on the end of both at the ground and on the message boards!

Felix returns, and hopefully good news about Sammy..

Forest have recalled 18 year old left winger Felix Bastians from his loan spell with Gillingham.  Aside from us instigating the move there’s no real insight as to why, but certainly his availability will bolster our options in midfield – and given that either he or Commons could operate up front it gives us a few more permutations around our team selections given our mounting injury issues.  Felix has yet to feature in a Forest side during Smoulderwood’s reign, so I would have thought his recall to the fold is precautionary only.

The Nottingham Evening Post also suggests that Forest are also looking to cut short Spencer Weir-Daley’s loan spell at Bradford, which makes good sense, although we apparently don’t have a recall clause so would require Bradford’s consent to finish the loan early.  Comments from Smoulds about this suggest it’s only something we’re likely to pursue if our injury problems worsen over the next few games rather than an imminent move.

The really good news though, is that Sammy Clingan is due to have an x-ray on his broken ankle which, if healed, will enable the midfielder to return to training – with a view to a return to first team eligibility within six weeks.  This pretty much keeps him out of contention for our remaining three league fixtures, but should we not manage to catch Bristol City, then if he’s fit and available this will be a big boost for the playoffs – so fingers crossed for good news on that front!