Nottingham Forest are delighted to confirm that Toby Edser has signed his first professional contract with the club.The 17-year-old central midfielder has made the step up to the first team squad in recent weeks, having been named on the bench for the matches against Cardiff and Reading, and has put pen to paper to commit his future to Forest.
He said: “I am really happy. It is a great honour for me to sign my first professional contract at this great club. If you put your head down and work hard there are opportunities at this club, as we have seen over the last couple of years, and they are there to be taken.
“The focus for me is to break into the first team and get some games for Forest.”
Toby starred for the Under 18s as they won the league and reached the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup last season, and has also made an impression with the Under 23 side this season.
Under 23s’ head coach Jack Lester said: “It is a moment he deserves. He has been brilliant since he has been in the building and it is a reflection of how well he has done. His attitude and desire to get better is superb and he will continue to get better; it is a great signing for the club.”
Under 18s’ head coach Gareth Holmes added: “Toby has all the qualities and attributes that we require from a Nottingham Forest player. He has a great willingness and desire to learn and he has improved massively during his time at the club.
“He is a technically-gifted player and someone who can control the midfield and it is a great sign for the academy to see him signing his first professional contract."
Toby was accompanied by his parents Leila and Jim at The City Ground to sign the contract and they are delighted for him.
Leila said: “I am really proud, he has worked so hard and his dad has worked so hard with him to get there.”
Jim added: “It would be incredible to see him on the pitch; I am proud to see him on the bench even. If he makes a first team appearance it would be unbelievable.”