However, with new manager Mark Warburton now calling the shots, the experienced Welshman could hardly have picked a better time to produce one of his finest performances of the season.
The 34-year-old will not be appearing on too many back pages after Dani Pinillos dramatic strike earned the former Rangers boss a huge point in his first game in charge, against local rivals Derby County no less, but his performance will not have gone unnoticed. At least not by Warburton.
Producing more key passes than any other Forest player other than creative schemer Ben Osborn, Vaughan’s precise, pinged pass which set up Pinillos to create Zach Clough’s fifth-minute opener.
However, it was his defensive performance that coaxed praise out of even the most critical Forest fan. Vaughan’s four tackles represented the highest number by any player other than Derby left back Markus Olsson as he called upon his extensive lower league experience to keep Forest in the game with Gary Rowett’s side aimed to flex their creative muscles.
Make no mistake, Warburton has taken a huge risk accepting the post at the City Ground. This is an unstable club with a constantly evolving playing staff.
Therefore, this only makes players of Vaughan’s consistency all the more important. Warburton needs a few trusted allies as he attempts to put his stamp on this historic club and the Welshman’s performance against Derby shows that he can be called upon when required.
He may not be able to cope with the weekend/midweek rota but Vaughan has proved that he is worth keeping around next season.