Lascelles commits to Reds
Jamaal Lascelles has put an end to any uncertainty regarding his future at Nottingham Forest by signing a new four-year contract.
Last Updated: 07/08/12 5:47pm
Jamaal Lascelles has put an end to any uncertainty regarding his future at Nottingham Forest by signing a new four-year contract at the City Ground.
The 18-year-old defender is considered to be a hot prospect for the future and has been courted by some of the biggest clubs in the country.
The Premier League elite have been keeping a close eye on his development for some time and were reported to be ready to pounce this summer.
Forest have, however, welcomed the dawn of an exciting new era following the arrival of the Al Hasawi family as their new owners.
Lascelles has been convinced that he can fulfil his ambitions with the Reds and club chairman Omar Al Hasawi is delighted to have wrapped up a long-term deal for the youngster.
He told Forest's official website: "We're great believers in the development of exciting young talent and Jamaal fits into that category.
"Jamaal clearly feels his best hope of continuing to grow and develop as a player is by staying with us and we're delighted he has signed a new long-term deal."
A product of the club's academy system, Lascelles made his senior debut for Forest against Burnley in January and picked up valuable first-team experience during a loan spell at Stevenage towards the end of the 2011/12 campaign.