Playing for contracts? 11 Nottingham Forest players have entered their final year

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With their contracts due to expire in 2017, could some of these Forest stars make early City Ground exits?

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The 2016-17 season is set to be a big one for almost half of Nottingham Forest's first team players.

Of the 23 senior names currently under contract, 11 may not be in one year's time.

For some, it could mean anxious waits to learn fates, as new boss Philippe Montanier passes judgement on those he inherited from managers gone by.

For others, it could mean earlier-than-expected City Ground exits, as Forest look to recoup the maximum they can before valuations take nosedives in the second half of the campaign.

Here, we assess which category the 11 will likely fall into... look or chuck?

Dexter Blackstock

Look - While Forest are a little top-heavy following the recent capture of Apostolos Vellios, the pair, who are each blessed with height, provide a different option to the rest.

Chris Cohen

Look - The long-serving former Reds captain has endured a torrid time with injuries, and sentiment should keep him around at least until the end of his current deal.

Dorus de Vries

Nottingham Forest's Dorus De Vries

Look - 35 he may be, but De Vries seems to have improved with age. He was Forest's player of the year last term and they'll want him tied down for longer if that sort of form can be replicated.

Danny Fox

Look - With Bojan Jokic going back to Villarreal and Dani Pinillos' return date unknown, Fox, though suspended, is needed right now.

Matty Fryatt

Look/chuck - Fryatt is a proven goal-getter at Championship level and though Vellios' signing may have budged him down the pecking order, he's an ideal off-the-bench option. That said, Forest are unlikely to stand in his way should an offer come in.

Jorge Grant

Jorge Grant - Nottingham Forest

Look - The 21-year-old has a promising future ahead and, lucky for Montanier's team, they have an option to extend his deal by a further year. It may be more if he gets off to a good start.

Henri Lansbury

Look/Chuck - A contract offer is thought to be coming Lansbury's way, the resolution of which will determine his fate. With reported interest from Burnley, the midfielder may be pondering a move. If he doesn't re-sign, Forest, you'd think, will look to move him on ASAP, however reluctantly.

Michael Mancienne

Look - The Reds often found themselves short of centre-halves last season and Kelvin Wilson's departure has only exacerbated matters. Unless an offer comes in, Mancienne's a good bet to see out the campaign.

Dani Pinillos

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Dominic Iorfa and Nottingham Forest's Daniel Pinillos in action

Look - Were it not for injury, the Spaniard would likely have a new deal by now. However, his long-term future perhaps depends on how well he recovers.

David Vaughan

Look - With Andy Reid's fate as yet undecided, Vaughan's experience could be vital to Montanier's team this season. Another extension is likely if he performs.

Lars Veldwijk

Chuck - Despite an impressive spell at PEC Zwolle, Forest's intentions were arguably outlined by the subsequent capture of Vellios. The Dutch striker is said to have interest and it's hard to envisage the Reds blocking his exit.

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