Jordan Smith said it was an easy decision for him to commit his future to Nottingham Forest having signed a new contract with the club.
The goalkeeper’s new deal means that his stay at The City Ground is extended by another two years and he is excited about what the new season will bring.
He said: “I’m delighted, it’s a club I have been at since I was seven-years-old, so to walk away from this place would be very difficult.
“It is a very exciting time at the club. The manager, the ownership group and everyone around the place has made it evidently clear that they wanted me to stay.
“Sabri has been a huge reason why I am delighted to sign this new contact. He is very open and honest and you know what you are going to get. He made it clear that he wanted me to be part of this process, wherever it may lead and when a manager does that it is very difficult to turn away from.”
Smith was an integral part of the first-team group last season, mainly providing back-up to Brice Samba and being called upon at the end of the campaign, and he is keen to keep working hard on the training pitch to get the best out of himself and Samba.
“Brice and I have a great working relationship,” he said. “Goalkeepers are all sorts of characters and we are all a bit whacky, but there is always that respect between one another and at the end of the day, we have a job to do and to do it as best as we can.
“If my job is to get the best out of Brice in the games, then that is exactly what I will do and I will do that to the best of my ability, as I think I showed at the end of last season.”