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Derbyshire bids farewell

14 December 2012

Swindon swansong for Matt

Matt Derbyshire admits he returns to Nottingham Forest to an uncertain future following a three-month loan with Latics.

The 26-year-old striker (pictured) makes his farewell appearance tomorrow for Latics against Swindon Town.

Derbyshire, who had found himself frozen out of the first-team picture at Forest, has welcomed the chance to play regular football.

Tomorrow will be Derbyshire's 20th appearance and he has scored six, may be seven goals. There is a dispute over the one he is claiming last Saturday at Colchester.

Derbyshire said: "If you are not playing regular football, you can quite easily be forgotten which is what has happened to me over the last couple of years.

"I had been out through injury and nobody therefore knows where you are and what you are doing.

"I am grateful I have had the chance to play 19 games, hopefully 20 after tomorrow.

"It has been nice to score a decent number of goals and it would be nice to sign off with another as well as three points.

"I have also stayed fit so there has been a lot of positives to take from my time here."

Derbyshire has clearly regained his appetite saying he has loved every minute of his stay at Boundary Park.

He says his front partnership with Jose Baxter has been a dream and he would love to play alongside him again in the future.

It won't be until the January transfer window reopens that Derbyshire's future will be resolved - Latics would love for him to return.

That is unlikely to be until after Latics have played Forest in the third round of the FA Cup with Budweiser on Saturday, January 5th.

Though Derbyshire is likely to still be a Forest player that day, he says he will pop his head round the door of Latics' changing room to wish them luck.

Derbyshire says it will be a case of returning to Forest and working hard.

He says ideally he would like a permanent move in January so he, partner Melissa and their three young sons, can have a settled outlook.

"My first choice would be something permanent but, if that is not possible, and the door is still open here, I will be straight back," he explained.

Derbyshire says he has been in regular contact with Rob Kelly, Forest's assistant manager, who has been monitoring his progress.

He added he would also like to thank Paul Dickov for bringing him to Boundary Park and having the faith to play him week in, week out.

Derbyshire admitted it has been "strange" calling his former Blackburn Rovers team-mate Dickov gaffer.

He said: "It has been great to work with the gaffer. He puts his arm around your shoulder and is a great man manager.

"If I ever become a manager, I would mould myself on him."


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