Nottingham Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi will take a look at Jake Taylor in training before deciding whether the midfielder can go back out on loan.
That’s the view of the player’s agent Phil Sproson who recommended the 21-year-old midfielder to Port Vale this past season.
It would be no surprise if the Vale ask about bringing Taylor back next season. He scored seven goals in 25 appearances and thrived in an attacking midfield role in John Askey’s 4-3-3 system.
Sproson says League One clubs were interested in Taylor in January so Vale would probably face competition if Forest do decide they will let the youngster out for another loan spell.
But he says Vale’s treatment of the midfielder will weigh in their favour, as it did in January when he was allowed back to Burslem for a second loan spell.
Forest actually rejected two transfer offers from the Vale in January, instead giving him a new contract before loaning him back to Askey’s side.
The Mancunian was a regular starter at Vale Park and praised the club for looking after him, for example quickly arranging a replacement car when his own was broken into.
Sproson said: “The feeling at Forest is that, because of the goals Jake has scored, the manager has already said that he wants to have a look at him in pre season.
“Until the manager has had a look at him over a little period, he won’t be going anywhere.
“But the manager might say let him go out again. Forest might say let him go to the Vale. I definitely wouldn’t rule it out but I think Forest will have a look at what Vale are doing.
“But certainly Vale have looked after him really well and that has been recognised. The way they handled his car situation was exemplary. Also, Jake has a really strong rapport with John Askey, and the lads and the fans. He likes the club.”
Sproson says Taylor’s performances didn’t go unnoticed last season.
He said: “Lincoln did speak to me in January. There was Lincoln, Scunthorpe, Salford and there was Fleetwood who were all interested in loaning him until the end of the season.
“But it was felt he was probably better going back to the Vale because he was doing well.”
Sproson, who played 500 games for the Vale, says he took great pleasure in seeing Taylor do so well at Vale Park.
He added: “Once Jake got into the side then he started to fulfil his promise. He has a lot more to give, he is a very gifted player. But that gave me massive satisfaction.”
Taylor, who signed a new two-and-a-half-year contract with Forest in January, joined the Championship club as a 16 year old having been released by Manchester United.