Nottingham Forest youngster Brennan Johnson says it will be a 'dream come true' to make his first-team debut at the club he supported as a boy.
Johnson, who turns 18 on Thursday, has been with the club since the age of eight and says he would love to emulate his dad David, who made 168 appearances for the club, by breaking into the first-team set-up.
He said: “I started at the club when I was eight, I came for a trial game and after doing pretty well I signed for the club and went into the Under 9s. I’ve gone through the age groups since then, signed professional forms and now I’m playing for the Under 23s.
“I’ve been playing alongside Arvin Appiah since I was ten years old and, although he wasn’t quite as good when he was younger, he’s a top player now and I’d like to replicate what he has been doing by breaking into the first team.
“My dad is a really good influence on me. He’s always giving me advice and telling me what I should be doing and it has been good to actually see him do it himself. It would be a dream come true for me to play for the first team because I’ve lived in West Bridgford all my life and I’ve watched Forest since I was young so I would love to make my debut at some point."
Johnson enjoyed a stellar 2018-19 season, scoring 14 times from wide positions for the Under 23s, and the youngster is hoping to make an impression on first-team manager Martin O'Neill during the upcoming pre-season schedule.
He said: “At the start of the season I was trying to break into the Under 23 squad and play a few games as and when I could but thankfully I’ve been in the squad for the whole season. I set myself some targets in terms of goals and assists and just tried to do my best.
“Playing in the Under 23s has been a good step-up because you can play against some experienced players who are coming back from injury or some really talented young players who are trying to break into the first team. It’s a really competitive league and it has been a really good experience for me.
“I’m really looking forward to going on pre-season tour with the first team. It will be great to train and play with such experienced players and I’m just grateful to the manager for giving me the chance and letting me show what I can do.
“Nothing is certain in football but I just want to show what I can do next season. Knowing that I’ve got the support of the manager and his staff is really good and it gives me extra confidence moving forwards."