Forest’s under-21 side won their league last season and Gilligan has stressed a need for all players connected to the club to behave professionally over the summer, to create a platform for a good start to next season.
“We know where they’re going on holiday, we know what they’re doing – They’ll have a bit of rest and then they’ll pick their programmes up again because the modern day footballer needs to come back in good shape,” he said.
“It’s nice to have a couple of weeks away but then we’re itching to get going again.”
Forest’s youth ranks are currently very important to first team boss Dougie Freedman because they are a supply of new players.
Freedman can’t go out and sign multiple signings in the transfer market, which places him under pressure to find a source, which gives him different options with regards to the first team.
There is some solid evidence of players who have emerged from the youth section to play well in the first team, with Ben Osborn the most obvious, while someone like Tyler Walker has flirted with a possible role up front.
They are examples to any younger player at the club that if they work hard enough, they will get chances to impress at the City Ground and Freedman can’t be blamed for wanting to play on that.