COHEN’S RE­AL­IS­TIC OVER NEW CON­TRACT

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Luke Baker

CHRIS Cohen’s Not­ting­ham For­est con­tract ex­pires in the sum­mer, but the mid­fielder is in no doubt that he wants to stay at the City Ground for the long term.

Cohen is For­est’s long­est-serv­ing player, hav­ing ar­rived in July 2007, but an ad­duc­tor mus­cle in­jury has limited his play­ing time this term and he had made just 12 ap­pear­ances be­fore the week­end.

How­ever, the 29-year-old is adamant he is now fight­ing fit and ready to help the club climb away from any lin­ger­ing rel­e­ga­tion dan­ger.

But the for­mer West Ham man knows he faces a fight to re­gain a start­ing spot.

“It is bril­liant to be back,” said Cohen. “It is go­ing to be hard to get my place back as the im­prove­ment in per­for­mances and re­sults has been there.

“I’d love to stay (af­ter the end of the sea­son) but the club has to do what is right for them.

“If you take the emo­tion out of it, I haven’t played enough games over the last few years.

“The club has a de­ci­sion to make and, what­ever the de­ci­sion is, I will re­spect it.

“I have had a great time here and loved ev­ery minute of it. I hope it can get sorted out.”

HON­EST: Chris Cohen

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