Striker situation a step closer to resolution?

In an uncharacteristic drive for efficiency, Forest have taken a young striker on trial from non-league Vauxhall Motors.  His name is Paul Taylor, and he’s been banging in the goals in the Blue Square North league this season.  He featured for our reserves tonight at West Brom, and took a mere 2 minutes to get on the scoresheet, before going on to setup another goal.  We won 5-1 in the end!

Chester City were eyeing him up recently, and had a £50,000 bid rejected for him recently – from the limited amount of information I can find out him on the internet, he’s described as a quick and intelligent striker.  He was released by Manchester City as a youngster, and is known not only for his goalscoring exploits, but his ability to create goals too.

Taking a punt on a non-league player is certainly a gamble, but a relatively cheap one and potentially for large rewards.  Given we released Shaun Wright-Phillips as a youngster and he went on to achieve a huge transfer fee with Manchester City – it would be neat irony if we managed to reverse the situation with this lad.  Of course, it’s more likely not to work out – but I think it’s a gamble worth taking.

Who can think of the last non-league player we gambled on?  I’m struggling to think of anyone more recent than Woany from Runcorn.  So perhaps it’s time we had another bash at it!

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Clough statue designs unveiled..

A trip to the Council House in Nottingham this week will give you a chance to see the three shortlisted designs put forward for the long-awaited statue of Brian Clough in the city centre.  For those of you unable to make it down there this week, then you can view the miniatures online by clicking here.

It’s reassuring that all three designs resemble the great man, and are in poses that you’d associate with him.  For me, the ‘weakest link’ is the design by John McKenna – whilst I like the idea of the Forest Tree being integral to the design, the image of Clough himself doesn’t quite hit the mark for me compared to the other two designs.  If the choice were mine, then the statue of Clough with his clasped hands aloft by Les Johnson would be my selection – although I like the pointing statue too!

The actual decision rests with a committee formed by a combination of the Clough family, an art expert as well as the statue fund committee.  Feedback both from visitors to the Council House and from the Brian Clough tribute site will be passed on to those making the decisions, too – so public opinion will play a part in the decision.

Personally I’m tremendously excited that the project is starting to “become real” – it’s very easy now to start to imagine the finished sculpture finally in place in the city, it can’t come too soon for me!  As I’ve said before, huge congratulations to those folks who’ve worked so hard to make this project work – another huge step has been taken to getting the statue in place!