The Reds veteran missed much of the 2018-19 Championship season through injury.
The 35-year-old, who returned to the City Ground in May 2018, suffered a hamstring problem in early December and just as he was gearing for a return following Martin O'Neill's appointment, he suffered a relapse in training.
Dawson was able to return to full training with the rest of the squad in the final three weeks of the Championship campaign, and even though he has not yet featured under the Northern Irishman, he is confident of his fitness going into 2019-20.
“I trained for the last two or three weeks which was great for the confidence and knowing that my hamstring was right," he told the official Forest website. "I had been out for so long so to get match fit in games was tough, but for me knowing that summer was coming up I could train for two or three weeks, have the summer then come back in pre-season like everyone else.
“I have been in a couple of times during the summer to check everything is fine but I knew that it was. It was never going to be a problem and I am prepared for that first day of pre-season.”
Dawson came through the ranks at the City Ground and broke into the senior team before switching to Tottenham Hotspur in January 2005 and playing for the North London club until 2014, when he moved to Hull City, giving the Tigers four years of his career before returning to Forest last year.
Here is what some Forest fans made of Dawson's comments and the prospect of him being available for O'Neill's selection:
Still the best centre half at the club by some distance— Chris Hayes (@Chris_Hayes_) 12 June 2019
Sentimental signing. Just like the last contract we gave Cohen. Hope I'm wrong but don't see him playing very often this season. If he can get and stay fit he is a class player though.— YouAreMyForest (@YouAreMyForest) 12 June 2019
Play about 6 games Jack Hobbs the 2nd— Steven McNamara (@X2Agent) 12 June 2019
I thought he'd retired already! Honestly. Welcome back then.— Ian Michael Jenkins (@Jenx1968) 12 June 2019
Waste of a wage now as he won’t play more than 10 games.— LMC (@trickytree19) 12 June 2019
This is confusing. Is he part of the playing staff again? Thought he retired and took up a coaching role?— Richard M8422 (@RichardM8422) 12 June 2019
I forgot he played for us again— Anand Gangotra (@AnandGangotra) 12 June 2019
Probably make about three games— James Jordan (@jjfizz) 12 June 2019
Two pre-season matches and he will be out till Christmas. #NFFC— Roger Poyner (@forestfan51) 12 June 2019
Staying fit seems to be the problem but I hope he can— John Lock (@johnlock1973) 12 June 2019
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