Will Karanka grant Nottingham Forest fans' Michael Dawson wish?

Nottingham Forest fans gesture during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Ipswich Town at City Ground on May 7, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

Nottingham Forest supporters were united in their excitement at the prospect of Michael Dawson returning from Championship rivals Hull City.

Captain of Hull City Michael Dawson gives a thumbs up to the crowd during the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Reading at KCOM Stadium on January 13, 2018 in Hull, England.

They say you should never go back.

But Nottingham Forest fans are not in the slightest bit worried that Michael Dawson will tarnish his legacy by making an emotional return to the City Ground. Quite the contrary.

The defence has been Forest’s Achilles heel for a number of years now and, after surviving by the skin of their teeth last season, they are still to solve this age old problem. Conceding 46 goals in just 29 Championship games, only the bottom two of Burton Albion and Sunderland have been breached more frequently throughout 2017/18.

Aitor Karanka, manager of Middlesbrough looks on during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Middlesbrough at Bet365 Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England.

So when the news broke on transfer deadline day via the Nottingham Post that Dawson had agreed a two-and-a-half year deal to pull on that famous red jersey again, Forest fans were united in displaying their excitement all over social media.

Just imagine the disappointment, then, when Hull blocked the move at the eleventh hour.

But fear not Forest fans. Dawson is out of contract in the summer and Forest manager Aitor Karanka has already confirmed that the club will make a renewed effort to bring this ‘proper defender’ back to the club he left 13 years ago.

And the prospect of Dawson becoming the new Des Walker at Forest, while being the Mr Miyagi to Joe Worrall’s Karate Kid, should raise hopes that the days of shoddy defending will soon be over.

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