Jordan Smith says it is a great honour to sign a new contract with Nottingham Forest and it is the reward for years of hard work.
The goalkeeper has signed a new deal tying him to The Reds until 2020 and it comes on the back of an impressive debut run in the first team.
He said: “I am massively proud. It is easy to say it is a great honour to pledge your future to this club, but it really is. I have been here since I was a seven-year-old boy and the longest contract I have had before was my scholarship and I have had to prove myself year-on-year. I have been given my shot in the first team and I have taken it with both hands and been rewarded.
“At the start of this season there were three goalkeepers ahead of me and in the last couple of years I had to go out on loan to find football as that is where I am happiest, playing football. Now there are goalkeepers fighting to get my place and I have to keep them out so I have seen both ends of the scale.
“I love playing football and to play at this level and to get my chance before I thought, and most other people thought, I would get it is great and that is why I am running with it.
“I have to pinch myself a bit. In the first game of the season against Burton I was sat in the executive box thinking I will have to go out on loan to get some football, but I stuck with the programme, kept plugging away and proving myself day in, day out and now I have been given my reward. It is now up to me to keep on doing what I have been doing.”