Jorge Grant is hoping to impress new manager Philippe Montanier.
Jorge Grant wants more first team action
Grant, who joined Forest from the Nike Academy in 2013, has currently only made 11 league appearances for the club.
He has however scored one professional goal for the Reds, that coming during the 2014-2015 season, when Forest traveled to Spurs for what turned out to be a memorable League Cup Third Round tie for Grant, who netted the opening goal just after the hour mark.
Nottingham Forest's Jorge Grant celebrates scoring their first goal against Spurs
Forest went on to lose that game 3-1, whilst Grant is yet to push on from his excellent performance that night in North London.
But, with the departure of Robert Tesche, who has now joined Championship rivals Birmingham City, Grant believes now is the time for him to tie down a regular first team spot for the Reds.
Nottingham Forest's Jorge Grant and Charlton's Ahmed Kashi in action
"I hope to be starting week in, week out. It's a shame Robert Tesche left but that's opened up a spot for me in midfield, which I should really be pushing for now." he told Forest Player.
"I'm working hard and doing what I can to get there because I really want to be playing this season, showing the fans what I've got.
"Every time a new manager comes in you need to be on it, making sure he sees you in his plans. I think I've done alright so far - hopefully I can push on in the games over pre-season and try and get that starting place I really want."
Does Grant deserve more first team football?
Forest are currently in Portugal as part of their pre-season preparations under new boss Phillippe Montanier.
Montanier has already seen his side play in two friendly fixtures, both of which were held behind closed doors. The Reds faced Spurs in London last week - losing the game 3-0 - but they did record victory over Millwall in their first game whilst in Portugal.
Goals from Oliver Burke and Dexter Blackstock helped the Tricky Trees secure a 2-1 win over the Lions.
Their next outing will be against Portuguese Primeira Liga side SC Braga, who will be playing in the Europa League next season.