Nottingham Forest achieved promotion to the Premier League at the weekend, but will ex-Arsenal Carl Jenkinson follow them up?

PATHUM THANI, THAILAND: Carl Jenkinson of Melbourne City in action during the AFC Champions League Group G match between Melbourne City and BG Pathum United at Pathum Thani Stadium on April 27, 2022. (Photo by Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty Images)
PATHUM THANI, THAILAND: Carl Jenkinson of Melbourne City in action during the AFC Champions League Group G match between Melbourne City and BG Pathum United at Pathum Thani Stadium on April 27, 2022. (Photo by Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty Images)

They may have won through an own goal and a couple of controversial penalty calls, but Nottingham Forest will only care that they got the result they needed to return to the Premier League on Sunday.

Former Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson is technically under contract with Forest, but he’s spent the last five months on loan at Melbourne City in Australia. The England international’s Forest deal is up this summer.

Whilst on loan, Jenkinson made 27 appearances, scored three goals, and helped his loan side to top the A-League table.

Yet despite that resurgence, it seems unlikely Forest will look to extend Jenkinson’s contract for their Premier League adventure.

Fansites like Nottingham Forest News believe there’s “no chance” Jenkinson gets a new deal, as Steve Cooper already has plenty of options at right-back.

Jenkinson himself has admitted he doesn’t know what’s next, speaking to Australian outlet Keep Up.

“I really don’t know,” Jenkinson said. “My agent has been on the phone to me over the past month, what do you want to do? Told me of interest from clubs.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Carl Jenkinson of Melbourne City in action during the A-League Men's Grand Final match between Western United and Melbourne City at AAMI Park on May 28, 2022. (Photo by Jonathan DiMaggio/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Carl Jenkinson of Melbourne City in action during the A-League Men’s Grand Final match between Western United and Melbourne City at AAMI Park on May 28, 2022. (Photo by Jonathan DiMaggio/Getty Images)

“I’ve sort of just said, I just want to concentrate on finishing the season and doing it well.

“What happens after, I honestly don’t know. It’s been so intense the last three or four months with all the games, I’m kind of looking forward to heading back to England to see my family and friends, and having a little holiday.

“Having some time away to reflect and also think about what I’m going to do moving forward.”

Much as it would be nice to see Jenkinson back involved at the pinnacle of English football, it doesn’t seem to be on the cards just yet.

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