According to Pete O’Rourke of the Football Insider, Nottingham Forest are in ‘advanced talks’ with Ryan Yates over a new deal. The 21-year-old has become a regular in the first-team and will be rewarded with a contract extension that will keep him at the City Ground past 2021. Football Insider say Yates’ new deal could run until 2023.
Since rising through the youth ranks to the Forest first-team in 2016, the central-midfielder has made 17 appearances in all competitions. Yates was loaned out to Barrow (August 26, 2016 – November 25, 2016), Shrewsbury Town (January 31, 2017 – May 31, 2017), Notts County (August 4, 2017 – January 10, 2018) and Scunthorpe United (January 11, 2018 – May 31, 2018) before becoming a regular in the senior squad last season.
Yates made his first-team debut against Bury in the EFL Cup on August 14, 2018. He made his league debut against Reading on January 12, 2019. The 21-year-old was on the bench twice and out of the matchday squad once before featuring in 15 Championship games from February onwards, missing just one match in early April. He formed a successful midfield partnership alongside Jack Colback and will hope to keep his place in 2019/20.
The fact Forest are looking to tie him down for the long-term is good news.