Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray wanted to keep Connor Mahoney
When Blackburn Rovers’ relegation from the Championship was confirmed on the final day of last season, they did not wait around to release a number of their most experienced players.
However, while Danny Guthrie, Jason Lowe and co were quickly shown the door, Rovers bucked the trend for 20-year-old winger Connor Mahoney. Arguably the only bright spark in a disastrous season at Ewood Park, the winger’s enchanting footwork got supporters on their feet for the right reasons in 2016/17.
Nonetheless, Mahoney rejected the offer of a new deal and now looks to take his career to the next level elsewhere. And, according to the Daily Record, that could take him to the side who survived at Blackburn’s expense.
Blackburn Rovers' Connor Mahoney set up three goals last season
Nottingham Forest eventually finished the Championship season level on points with Mowbray’s side, retaining their second tier status by virtue of a better goal difference. And now they could rub salt into the wounds by nabbing Mahoney this summer with the report adding that they are frontrunners for his signature.
Despite his contract expiring, Blackburn will be due a compensation fee, likely to be decided at a tribunal. However, that will certainly be worth paying for one of the Football League’s most exciting attacking talents.
The former Accrington Stanley starlet shone as Blackburn gave themselves false hope against the drop with a 1-0 win at the City Ground in April, Mahoney setting up Tommie Hoban’s winner in a man of the match display.
Therefore, Forest boss Mark Warburton knows just how talented he is. And, with Scottish champions Celtic and league rivals Wolves also making their interest known, per the Daily Record, signing Mahoney would be a real statement of intent from Forest.
Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton