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Nottingham Forest FC Academy Player Profiles

Richard Dearle

The shot-stopper is currently at the top of the pecking order in the U18s and helped The Reds go through the whole of pre-season without conceding.

The 17-year-old will be determined to keep his place between the sticks and progress under the stewardship of goalkeeping coach Steve Sutton.

Dearle will be aiming to replicate the progress of first-team keepers Karl Darlow and Dimitar Evtimov, who both made their way through the age groups impressively, capitalising on opportunities when they come along.

Born in Derby, the second-year scholar took part in trials with West Brom, Derby County and Leicester City before arriving on Trentside.

Joe Boyd

The former Carlton le Willows Academy student will be looking to fight off the tough competition from Richard Dearle to claim a place in the starting 11.

Boyd played a telling role in Forest’s ability to keep clean sheets in pre-season and his useful distribution allows those in front of him to build attacks.

David Arrowsmith

The tall centre back has already won an Apprentice of the Year award and will be looking challenge the likes of Joe Worrall and Alex Iacovitti for a defensive berth in Kevin MacDonald’s side.

He may find a route into the side at right back, where he can also function efficiently.

Andreas Karo

The rangy Cypriot plays primarily plays at centre back but can also be used at right back.

Karo will be aiming to convince Jack Lester and Kevin MacDonald that he deserves a place in the side after his defensive teammates started the 2014-15 campaign in good form.

Frederik Nielsen

The centre back arrived on Trentside from Danish club Viborg FF in September and made his long-awaited debut for the Under 18s against Milton Keynes Dons in the FA Youth Cup third round.

Nielsen is a towering presence for Kevin MacDonald's side and he will be hoping to prove his potential by competing with the likes of Joe Worrall and Alex Iacovitti for a place in the starting 11.

Jermaine Worthington

The second-year scholar, who can operate at full back and central midfield, is comfortable with the ball at both feet which is a vital component for breaking forward and delivering crosses.

His versatility has been used shrewdly over the past year but he's recently made the right back position his own with a string of admirable performances.

Worthington has a good understanding with winger Oliver Burke and will be hoping to rekindle their partnership by emulating the latter’s step up to Under 21 level.

Ismael Diallo

Diallo will be hoping to work his way into the coaching staff’s thoughts after signing from Corduff FC in Dublin at the beginning of the 2014-15 season.

Relatively small in stature, the right back was part of the pre-season touring party of Valencia and made good contributions to the remarkable run of clean sheets in that time.

He will compete with Jermaine Worthington for a place on the right side of defence.

Aidan Austin

The midfielder was one of five players selected from a group of 43 to join the Nike Academy at the Nike Chance Global Showcase competition.

Forest scout John Marshall was also on the judging panel that decided the future of the young hopefuls who were searching for a way into the game.

Jimmy Gilligan, using his expertise from his time working at the Nike Academy, brought him to the club to join up with the Under 18s.

Austin is a vital creative force who links up well with the strikers, allowing the side to advance into the final third with penetration.

Dylan Burns

The New Zealand teenage prodigy signed a two-year scholarship towards the end of last season.

Burns is another successful graduate of the Nike Academy, brought to the club by Under 21s coach Jimmy Gilligan.

The midfielder hopes to follow the career paths of fellow countrymen Chris Wood and Winston Reid and represent New Zealand at the highest level of English football.

Luke Thomas

The ex-Nottingham Academy pupil causes a nuisance on the left wing with his pace and tenacity on the ball.

The second-year scholar will be wanting to shake off the 'super-sub' tag which is attributed to him because of his knack for exploiting tired opponents with his pace off the bench.

Thomas can also operate as a forward and his left foot is always a danger in and around the box.

Liam Adams

The tricky winger can play on either flank.

Comfortable using both feet, the diminutive midfielder will be looking to break into the Under 18s' squad and make more telling, regular contributions over the course of the season.

Thomas Gamblen

The box-to-box central midfielder made his debut for the Under 18s at the tender age of 14, bagging a goal in the process.

His great awareness of what's going on around him subsequently allows him to be tidy with the ball, helping to spread an air of calm around the side when The Reds need to retain possession.

Gamblen will be hoping to add more goals to his game to add to the one he scored against Aston Villa in pre-season.

Elvis Otim

The Ugandan wide-man is the brother of Under 21s squad member Derrick Otim.

The pacey Otim brings great flair to the side and is a threatening outlet on the break.

Otim can play on either wing or as a forward, where his work-rate comes in useful harrying defenders and forcing them into errors.

Ryan Yates

Predominantly an attacking midfielder, the exciting, athletic Yates has started the current season off in superb form.

His close control and neat approach to possession allows Forest to take the game to the opposition when required.

Often working alongside Adam Crookes, his stamina allows his more expressive style to come to fruition, working in pockets of space behind the strikers, showing he's always a willing runner.

Kasheme Walton

Striker Walton's pace and power make him an influential part of the team.

A second-year scholar, he will be hoping to strike up a partnership with Tyler Walker or Gerry McDonagh to capitalise on opportunities and fire The Reds further up the league.

His anticipation during games is backed up by his ability to be in the right place at the right time on regular occasions.

Gerry McDonagh

The imposing striker is a valuable asset to Forest.

His ability to hold on to the ball in tight situations and squeeze away from robust challenges with the ball at his feet are indicative of his brave approach to the game.

The Irishman also possesses deceptive pace which can catch the opposition off guard.

He is accustomed to feeding off loose balls with his intimidating frame causing a distraction for defenders.