Forest confident of extending key duo's stays, Pearce reveals

Nottingham Forest are confident are keeping Jack Hunt and Robert Tesche at the City Ground for longer than originally proposed.

Nottingham Forest are trying to extend Jack Hunt's and Robert Tesche's spells at the club.

The duo both joined on this summer, but Stuart Pearce has revealed that he intends to keep them at the City Ground for longer than the initial year proposed.

Hunt is on Forest's wishlist as a permanent transfer and a deal could be done before the January transfer window, whilst Tesche could extend his spell at the club after only signing a one-year-deal at the club. 

"We are attempting to keep him [Hunt] here on a permanent basis," Pearce said to the Nottingham Post. "We are speaking to his representatives and we have had a conversation with Palace, prior to the window shutting.

"There is an opportunity for us to extend his stay on a permanent basis, even before the window opens again. That is something we are working on doing.

"He is very keen to stay here, he is enjoying his football and is clearly enjoying working with us at the club. Hopefully we can get something done."

Hunt has established himself as a mainstay in the team at right-back, after a series of excellent performance since arriving from Crystal Palace.

The full-back has impressed at this level before with Huddersfield Town, but first-team football has proven hard to come by since a move to the Premier League.

However, his current loan spell seems to have been the perfect chance for Hunt to get back playing again and he has clearly wasted no time impressing at his new club.

Tesche, too, has made an impact. The central-midfielder joined from German side Hamburg and Pearce is optimistic of extending his contract. 

"There is an option in his contract, loaded in our favour, that would allow us to keep him here for another year," Pearce said. "We are confident and comfortable with that – it is something we will look at after the Christmas period."

Forest are currently sitting proudly near the top of the Championship table and they will be looking to continue this fine form as long as possible, as the season progresses. 

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