Gary Brazil sings the praises of Nottingham Forest golden boy Ben Brereton

Nottingham Forest caretaker manager Gary Brazil

Ben Brereton scored his second senior goal for Nottingham Forest against Fulham last night.

Nottingham Forest’s Interim manager Gary Brazil

Gary Brazil has told BBC Radio Nottingham that he is proud to say that Ben Brereton is a Nottingham Forest player.

Brereton has shot to prominence in recent weeks, and now looks to be an established part of the first-team.

The 17-year-old scored his first senior goal in a 2-1 win over Aston Villa earlier this month, and the youngster backed up that display by hitting the back of the net again last night.

Brereton scored a brilliant header at Craven Cottage, but he was unable to stop Forest from falling to a 3-2 defeat against Fulham.

The result was a disappointment, but Brereton’s emergence has been a major positive for Forest fans.

And Brazil, who has had a big part to play in the youngster’s development, is delighted to have a striker with as much talent as Brereton as his disposal.

"You don't need to nurture a lad with that talent,” the caretaker boss said. “I’m really proud to say he is ours.

Forest’s desire to keep hold of Brereton is sure to be tested in the summer.

The starlet has already been linked with a number of Premier League sides, but Brazil insists that the forward is best off sticking at the City Ground.

"The next step for him is Forest where he's playing some games and scoring some goals. Making sure people are aware of him.”

Nottingham Forest’s Ben Brereton in action with Rotherham United’s Richie Smallwood and Rotherham United’s Richard Wood (C)

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