Nottingham Forest have snapped up former Rangers starlet Nicky Hogarth.
After spending several years at Auchenhowie, Hogarth was one of ten Academy players released by the Gers earlier this summer.
The 20-year-old keeper travelled with the first-team squad to Gibraltar for a Europa League qualifier against Lincoln Red Imps at the beginning of last season and built up experience across a series of loan spells.
He now has 27 senior appearances under his belt following stints with the likes of Stirling Albion and Cowdenbeath.
His younger brother, Jay, recently signed a new deal at Ibrox and has been taking part in senior pre-season training, but with several other keepers of a similar age to Nicky already tied down – including Robby McCrorie and Kieran Wright – the decision was made to let him go.
It hasn’t taken him long to find a new club, though, with Forest confirming his arrival on Tuesday morning.
Hogarth will initially play for the Championship outfit’s U23s team with a view to him eventually developing into a first-team star.
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“Nicky has good experience around the first team with Rangers so it’s a really good addition for us,” said Forest U23s boss Andy Reid [Nottinghamforest.co.uk]. “A lot of work has gone into the recruitment and we’re delighted to get it over the line.”
“He’s a player that we’ve got a lot of hope for. There’s a lot of hard work ahead but we’re pleased to be able to work with him.
“He’s got a real presence, a great stature and a really mature head on his shoulders. If he continues to learn and develop with the fantastic staff that we have here, there’s no reason why he can’t kick on.”
This is a very good move for Hogarth, who becomes the third of the ten Academy players who left Rangers earlier this summer to join an English club.
Forwards Nathan Young-Coombes and Dapo Mebude have already joined Brentford and Watford respectively.
Another of the youngsters released by Rangers is reportedly on trial at a Championship club, with a Premier League side also interested.