The youth academy at Nottingham Forest is renowned for being one of the very best in English football.
Several players have emerged through the ranks and gone on to perform at a higher level, with Forest raking in millions in the process.
The likes of Jermaine Jenas, Andy Reid, Oliver Burke and Jamaal Lascelles have all departed the City Ground to play at a higher level.
As Forest were being dumped out of the EFL Cup last night at Burton Albion, another Forest starlet with beginning his senior career with absolute aplomb.
Virgil Gomis signed for National League strugglers Braintree Town yesterday afternoon and was thrown into the action for their trip to Bromley last night.
The 19-year-old Frenchman is highly-rated by the academy staff at the City Ground and it took him just six minutes to get off the mark for his temporary club.
Gomis fired Braintree into an early lead during their league fixture and offered Forest boss Aitor Karanka a firm reminder of what academy talent he has within his ranks.
The Spanish boss has used academy graduates Ben Osborn and Matty Cash fairly frequently this season, but Forest fans are hopeful that more stars will continue to rise through the system.
Striker Gomis made it a quality night for youngsters at Forest, as Arvin Appiah netted a debut goal in the Reds’ defeat at the Pirelli Stadium.
The hope among the club’s supporters is that both forwards can challenge for more first-team opportunities in the not so distant future.