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Five years after special honour does Dimitar Evtimov have a Nottingham Forest future?

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Five years after special honour does Dimitar Evtimov have a Nottingham Forest future?

The Bulgarian stopper has played just three times in five years for Nottingham Forest.

Back at the end of the 2012-13, a young Nottingham Forest player was awarded a special honour. Dimitar Evtimov was named the Championship Apprentice of the Year. Awarded to the best under-18 player in the league it has also been won by the likes of Lewis Cook, Ademola Lookman and Ryan Sessegnon.

It, therefore, seemed Forest had a top young goalkeeper in their ranks. But does Evtimov have a future at the City Ground?

Since winning the award Evtimov has not had it easy at Forest. He has played just three times for the club in the past five seasons. After one of those games, where Evtimov made a mistake to allow a Fernando Forestieri strike by him, he was publicly castigated by then manager Dougie Freedman. The Forest fans backed the player, believing the Bulgarian to be a real talent.

But in recent years it has not appeared that Forest have any belief in the player. Goalkeeper issues have been plentiful at the club. But loan signings, free transfers and Jordan Smith have all been preferred to giving Evtimov his long-awaited chance.

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Which is odd, considering his loan club form.


Evtimov has enjoyed good spells at Nuneaton, Mansfield and Olhanense in the past, whilst spending a brief period at Port Vale last season.

Now 24-years-old he finds himself in a familiar position this summer. Nottingham Forest are short in the goalkeeping department but, once again, the hunt for new players goes on and Evtimov will likely start the season behind Smith, Stefanos Kapino, Stephen Henderson and a new recruit in the goalkeeping ranks.

His contract runs until next summer, but it would appear a career at Forest looks unlikely for the popular and talented Bulgarian.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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