The midfielder has been in good form for Huddersfield Town.
The 23-year-old had an up and down start to life with The Terriers with injury playing a big part but he is now in top form.
This weekend Freedman's Forest side take on Huddersfield in the Championship, in a game Paterson will have to miss.
So his future was always likely to be a question in the run up to the game. Freedman spoke to BBC Radio Leeds yesterday at length and discussed the future of Paterson.
He conceded that the original plan was for Paterson to move on in the summer but that the door does still remain open for a City Ground return:
"Jamie expressed his feelings that he needed to play every week. I could not guarantee him that and I was not going to guarantee him that.
"So we come to the conclusion that he'd go and play at Huddersfield for one season and then move on. I was very comfortable letting that happen.
"I think it is only fair to Jamie that when he does come back he has got a different view on it. Whether it is fighting for his place or buying into our methods.
"The door is always open of course it is..."
Freedman did not want to give a definitive statement on the player, so any more transfer discussion would be mere speculation.
One thing for sure is that given his recent form Huddersfield would be happy to take him off of Forest's hands.