Cohen wants to play 500 games for Forest after signing new deal
CHRIS Cohen hopes to establish himself in Nottingham Forest folklore, after signing a new three-and-a-half year contract.
The midfielder notched up his 200th start for the Reds when he lined up against Derby just over a week ago.
But, after putting pen to paper on a deal that could extend his time at the City Ground to nine years, Cohen hopes he can go on to make more than 500 starts for the club.
The 25-year-old says it was never in his mind to leave on a free when his last deal expired next summer – because he wants to win a place in supporters' hearts in the same way as former team mate Wes Morgan, who made 400 appearances in a decade with the Reds.
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"Leaving (on a free) does not appeal to me, it never has," said Cohen. "Players do sometimes do it and fair play to them. There is no right and wrong.
"But for me, it is about playing 500 or 600 games with the same club. That is something I hope I can achieve here.
"Look at how Wes is remembered for his time here. That is how I want to be remembered.
"Everyone has their own decisions to make. But I love it here. I love being in the city.
"So not to stay would not make any sense to me."
And Cohen believes he can play Premier League football at the City Ground.
"With the way the new owners are and the things they are putting into place, they are looking to build this club," he said. "They can turn this into one of the big clubs in the Premier League. I would love to be part of that.
"To get to the Premier League would be tremendous and I would like to be part of helping that happen.
"That is the only outcome I can see. That is the aim for everyone involved.
"Nobody can doubt the strength of this team. It is the best that it has been since I have been here.
"If we take our opportunities and perform to the best of our abilities we will get there.
"I am absolutely delighted, the club is moving in the right direction.
"I feel as though I have a special bond with the place. Even after I finish playing I can see myself staying in Nottingham.
"It was an easy decision to stay. I am looking forward to being part of things. Hopefully some big things are happening."
Cohen has proved his fitness recently, starting the last three matches as he returns from a serious knee injury.