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Ben Brereton

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Biography

Date of birth

18/04/1999

Height

183 cm

Signed

01/07/2016

Country

England

Nottingham Forest striker Ben Brereton is a proud graduate of the club's thriving academy system and signed a new four-year deal with the club in June 2017.

Brereton started out with his hometown club Stoke City but after being released by The Potters in the summer of 2015, academy manager Gary Brazil had seen enough in the youngster to bring him to Trentside.

He went on to become the Under 18s' leading goalscorer in the 2015-16 season as they won the league title and reached the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup and at the beginning of the 2016-17 campaign he made the step up to the Under 23s.

Brereton's red-hot form in front of goal continued and he had already scored 17 times for the Under 23s before the beginning of 2017, including four goals in the 5-0 demolition of Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.

When Brazil was handed the role of interim manager following the departure of Philippe Montanier, he handed Brereton his first-team debut during the game against Leeds United at Elland Road in January 2017.

The 17-year-old then went on to score his first goal for the senior team as he netted a memorable last-minute winner to defeat Aston Villa at The City Ground on 4 February 2017.

A powerful centre forward with a good technical ability, Brereton has impressed many observers since his arrival at the club, including those in the national set up as he made his debut for England Under 19s in March 2017.

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