Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton says Jordan Smith has earned his reward after signing a new contract with the club.
The 22-year-old made his first-team debut this season against Norwich and has gone on to cement his place in the side and Warburton praised the goalkeeper’s character after signing the deal until 2020.
Warburton said: “He has done well. He is a young keeper who is being pushed and challenged and he has responded accordingly. I think you have to reward performance and now the fight starts for the next contract.
“He is confident, young and is learning his lessons. He takes on advice and works on his game day in, day out. His approach and commitment is good and his work ethic is outstanding and he is displaying all the right attributes to be a good keeper.
“He has been thrown in and he has responded. It is a challenge at a tough level and he has done well. He communicates well with the defenders and they take confidence from him so all credit to him. He is in the side because he deserves to be there and his job now is to keep that shirt and keep improving.
“Academies are there to produce players for the first team and the romantic side is all well and good but they have to be good enough. The work being done by Gary, Jack and the team at the academy is outstanding. They are producing players who are armed with the attributes to impact first team level and that is all that you can ask.”