Date: 14th May 2019 at 12:30pm
Written by: Seb Franklin

Nottingham Forest have revealed Leo Bonatini, Sam Byram, Jack Colback, Diogo Goncalves, Saidy Janko, Pele, Molla Wague have all departed the City Ground and returned to their respective parent clubs.

Bonatini joined from Wolverhampton Wanderers in January but struggled for form and playing time in the East Midlands. The 25-year-old striker made just five appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating 0 goals.

Byram joined from West Ham United in August but suffered a serious knee injury that saw him sidelined for the majority of his debut season. The 25-year-old made eight appearances, creating one goal. Martin O’Neill is keen to sign the defender, but Forest could have competition for his signature.

Colback re-joined from Newcastle United in July and was outstanding at the City Ground. The 29-year-old midfielder made 39 appearances this season and was one of the Reds’ best performers over the 2018/19 campaign. Forest want to sign Colback permanently, but Newcastle and the player need to agree.

Goncalves joined from Benfica in July and struggled for form and playing time at Forest. The 22-year-old wide-man racked up less than 450 minutes of football, so it was unlikely that his buying option would be triggered.

Janko joined from FC Porto in August and was made to endure lengthy periods out of the squad. The 23-year-old fullback made 17 appearances for Forest and featured just once in the Championship since mid-February.

Pele joined from AS Monaco in January and became a regular at the City Ground. The 27-year-old midfielder was on the bench for the first few weeks but eventually featured in nine of Forest’s last 11 games of the season.

Wague joined from Udinese in January and also became a regular once he settled at the club. The 28-year-old defender featured in each of Forest’s last nine league outings and scored a total of three goals at the City Ground.

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