Brendan Moloney hoping to finally establish himself as a regular at Nottingham Forest
BRENDAN Moloney believes this is a make-or-break season for him at Nottingham Forest.
The defender has long been regarded as a bright prospect at the City Ground.
But Moloney says that, at 23-years-old, he now needs to be playing regular first team football.
Moloney – who has had loan spells at Chesterfield, Rushden, Notts County and Scunthorpe – has made 13 league appearances this season, including seven starts.
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And, with his contract set to expire in the summer, Moloney knows he needs to establish himself as a regular starter under Sean O'Driscoll.
"Everyone wants to play and I am at the age where I need to be playing regular football," he said.
"I don't really plan too far ahead, but I will have to look at where we are in a few months time.
"I am at the stage where I need to be a regular in the first team.
"I can't plan that far ahead, because you don't know if you are still going to be in the side in January.
"I have been back in the side recently and it was good to be part of that win at Barnsley.
"But we will look at things later in the season."
Moloney, who has made 46 appearances for the Reds since making his debut in March 2007, is enjoying life at Forest however and is in no hurry to move on.
"It is a good place to be, everyone is in a positive mood," he said.
"We had been picking up some decent results and, when you are doing that, you soon get yourselves up there, where you want to be.
"Everyone is enjoying it here and we do feel as though we are looking good when we are at our best."
While Moloney is confident about Forest's chances, he says they face a tough challenge in the Championship.
"It is a tough league, whoever you play. There is not one easy game in this division," he added.
"You cannot get too up or down, regardless of which way things go.
"You need to look at things one game at a time.
"If you don't get a good result, you have to look at where things have gone wrong and make sure you get it right the next time.
"We want to get ourselves into the top six. We need to do what needs to be done to make it happen."