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Nottingham Forest should swoop for free agent Steve Sidwell

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Nottingham Forest should swoop for free agent Steve Sidwell

On Monday morning, 35-year-old midfielder Steve Sidwell announced he was leaving Brighton and Hove Albion this summer after an injury-hit season.

The experienced central midfielder, who most recently led the Seagulls to promotion in 2016/17, would be a superb signing for Nottingham Forest and would add steel to Aitor Karanka’s midfield.

Sidwell still has much to offer English football and would immediately boost Forest’s chances of promotion.

The central midfielder starred on the South Coast during Brighton’s dominant second-placed finish, playing 34 times and scoring a spectacular long-range goal along the way.

The midfielder was also a vital part of one of the best Championship sides in recent memory, playing 33 times and scoring ten goals for the title winners Reading in 2005/06.

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But it is not Sidwell’s goalscoring prowess that should excite Forest supporters, but rather his knowledge of what it takes to gain promotion and marshall a Championship side to the top flight.

Furthermore, the Englishman dedicates his all to whatever club he plays for- a massive asset for any team.

He possesses Premier League experience from his years spent at Reading, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Fulham, and Stoke City, and would add much-needed quality to the Forest midfield.

If the Reds can sign Newcastle loanee Jack Colback on a permanent deal this summer, a fearsome midfield partnership between Colback and Sidwell would be formed.

With two brilliantly aggressive, bright, and dedicated players in the centre of the park, Forest would be perfectly primed for a promotion push.

There has been speculation that perhaps Sidwell’s Brighton exit marks his retirement from football, but the 35-year-old need not hang up his boots just yet.

A move to the City Ground would be the ideal way to close out his decorated career and complete his hat-trick of Premier League promotions.

Max is a journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football and co-hosts a weekly podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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