Kevin Long frustrated after missing out on reported Nottingham Forest move

A general view of the City Ground ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on January 01, 2019 in Nottingham, England.

Championship high-flyers Nottingham Forest reportedly wanted to sign Kevin Long from Premier League Burnley over the summer.

Burnley's Kevin Long during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Manchester City and Burnley at Etihad Stadium on January 26, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Kevin Long admits he’s frustrated with life as a back up at Burnley, speaking to Lancs Live, after a potential summer move to Nottingham Forest passed him by.

In over a decade at Turf Moor, Long has played less than 50 league games and it seems very unlikely that he will be adding to that tally any time soon. The Republic of Ireland international currently finds himself behind Ben Mee, James Tarkowski and even Ben Gibson in the pecking order under Sean Dyche.

Long has been left on the bench for five of Burnley’s Premier League games this season and wasn’t even included in the squad for the other three fixtures with his number of minutes standing at a big fat zero.

So it is no real surprise that the 29-year-old, while still a useful member of the squad both on and off the pitch, isn’t entirely happy with how his career is panning out.


“I know they value me at Burnley, I’m valued there. I might not play that much but I’m valued. Obviously I want to play more but it’s not that easy,” said the 12-time Republic of Ireland international.

“For one reason or another it’s not happened but I’m happy, I would just like to get more games. It’s as simple as that. It is frustrating but, as I said, it’s a business at the end of the day.

Kemar Roofe of Leeds and Kevin Long of Burnley in action during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Burnley and Leeds United at Turf Moor on September 19, 2017 in Burnley, England.

“If I’m under contract it’s up to the club to not let me go and if the manager likes what he sees, he’s going to keep me.”

According to the Sun (4 August, page 67), Nottingham Forest were keen to hand Long a fresh start before the transfer window slammed shut and a move to the City Ground could have come at the perfect time for a player who should be approaching the peak years of his career.

If Forest are to renew their interest in January, they will surely be pleased to see Long admit his desire for more regular first-team football but, with Joe Worrall, Michael Dawson, Chema and Tobias Figueiredo already fighting for a place in the starting XI, the Championship high-flyers aren’t exactly crying out for any more centre-backs.

Kevin Long of Burnley tackles Richarlison de Andrade of Watford  during the Premier League match between Burnley and Watford at Turf Moor on December 9, 2017 in Burnley, England.

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