Ward keen on permanent Nottingham Forest move

On-loan defender Elliot Ward says he would relish a permanent move to Nottingham Forest, but is fully focused upon helping the club’s promotion push going into the closing stages of the Championship season, reports This Is Nottingham.

The 28-year-old has played much of the season at The City Ground in two separate loan spells from Premier League club Norwich City, being unable to feature for Chris Hughton this season. But the London-born defender has been enjoying life under Forest manager Billy Davies, who arrived at the club in February.

“I hope I can (have a long-term future) under Billy,” Ward said. “But, at the minute, it is about getting to where we want to be, which is getting into the play-offs.

“If we can do that, then we will worry about taking care of the next step. If I help the team do well, if we finish the season strongly, it is not going to do me any harm.

Forest’s 1-0 win at Millwall on Saturday ensured that the race to the play-offs will go down to the final week. Sixth-placed Bolton could only manage a 1-1 draw away at champions Cardiff meaning that goal difference only separates Forest from a place in the top six.

The final week of the Championship sees Davies’ side host Leicester, who are still not out of the play-off mix themselves two points adrift of Forest and Bolton, with a much superior goal difference. The Trotters meanwhile will face lowly Blackpool at the Reebok.

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