Chris Cohen confirms that he wants to sign a new Nottingham Forest contract

Nottingham Forest midfielder Chris Cohen is close to making his long-awaited return to competitive action.

Chris Cohen has confirmed to the Guardian that he is keen to sign a contract extension at Nottingham Forest.

Cohen has been at Forest since 2007 but his current deal expires in the summer, leading to speculation forming over his future at the City Ground.

The central midfielder has not been fit enough to play much of a part for Forest in recent years, meaning the club may choose not to extend his current deal.

However, Cohen insists that if he is offered a new contract he will sign it – as he is desperate to stay with the Reds for the long term.

“There’ll be no pressure from myself because obviously that’s the club’s decision,” Cohen said. "But I’m really hopeful I can stay for many years to come, not just another couple.”

Cohen has torn his cruciate ligament three times since 2011, meaning that he has not been able to represent Forest much in recent times.

The 28-year-old has spent most of the past four years on the treatment table, but he is returning to fitness now.

Cohen returned to Forest training last month, and he is slowly regaining match-sharpness again.

There is no doubting that when fully fit Cohen has the quality to be one of Forest’s very best players, and he will be looking to show his class as the season progresses to potentially earn himself a new deal.

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