Nottingham Forest boss Chris Hughton admits planning is already underway for the summer transfer window.
But he says the main focus remains to make sure the Reds enter the offseason after completing that term. in the best possible position.
This summer is likely to see changes in the squad again as Hughton has his first real chance to put his mark on the dressing room.
And with several players out of contract, as well as lenders whose time at the City Ground is coming to an end, big decisions will have to be made.
When asked if he was already planning summer, the manager replied, “Yes, absolutely. But I would like to talk more about it in the context that we always do.
“We will have players without contracts and players on loan whose loans end at the end of the season.
“You have to plan for summer; we have to plan for next season.
“It’s an ongoing thing. Almost since the day I took over, that’s what’s been happening.
“But I don’t want to think about the summer as preventing us from trying to end this season in the best possible way, trying to collect as many points as possible and trying to develop this team as best we can.”
Midfielder James Garner is one of the members of the Forest team, spend the second half of the campaign at Manchester United’s City Ground.
He has already marked the spirits and scored the first goal of his professional career on Friday night. in the 1-1 draw at Derby County.
But Hughton says it’s too early to discuss the possibility of the 19-year-old returning in the next term.
“No, we haven’t (spoken to Manchester United),” he said.
“The reason is probably that we are very grateful to Manchester United to have the services of James.
“There will be discussions throughout the season; we will be making verbal reports on James as the weather withers. And then we’ll wait and see what happens at the end of the season.
“Right now it’s a lot about what he’s doing for us now and continuing to grow.”
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Hughton has also remained tight-lipped on whether any decisions have been made regarding other players, such as Glenn Murray, Michael Dawson, Sammy Ameobi and Samba Sow. arriving towards the end of their contracts.
Could the final weeks of the campaign be an opportunity for some to influence his mind in some way?
“The obvious answer is that they have to do it every week, whether it’s at the start of the season or at this point,” he said.
“We are coming to a point, especially after the international break when there are only about eight games left, that the end of the season is approaching soon.
“There are times in the season when you have to start making these decisions.
“But I would like to think that they try to do it every week and every game – that’s what I would like to think.”