Dexter Blackstock agrees a four-and-a-half-year contract at Nottingham Forest
DEXTER Blackstock is expected to put pen to paper on a new four-and-a-half-year contract at Nottingham Forest today.
The 26-year-old striker has agreed a deal that will tie his long-term future to the club, following successful negotiations yesterday.
He was due at the club to officially sign the deal this morning. It will end speculation linking him with a number of other clubs, inluding fierce East Midlands rivals Derby County and Leeds United.
Blackstock has started 88 games for the Reds, while making 32 substitute appearances and scoring 36 goals since initially moving to the City Ground on loan from QPR in March 2009.
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In the meantime, another long serving player could be on his way out of the club. Brendan Moloney has been told he is free to leave in January, either on loan or on a more permanent deal.
And the defender is already attracting interest from Bristol City, who are now managed by former Forest boss Sean O'Driscoll, who could make a move for the 24-year-old Irishman in the next 24 hours.
Like Blackstock, Moloney is set to see his current Forest deal expire in the summer. But he is now believed to be keen to move on in search of the regular first team football that he has never secured at the City Ground.
Despite being regarded as a player with plenty of potential, Moloney has found himself sent out on loan to Chesterfield, Rushden, Notts County and Scunthorpe. He has started only 32 games for Forest, making 17 sub appearances, since making his debut in 2007.