Dexter Blackstock signs new 4 1/2 year contract

Nottingham Forest will announce this afternoon that striker Dexter Blackstock has committed his long term future to the club by signing a new four and a half year contract.

The forward was due to be out of contract in the summer, and was linked heavily with moves to Blackpool during the summer, and most notably local rivals Derby County during this current transfer window.

Since joining the club from Queens Park Rangers four years ago, the 26-year old has gone on to score almost a goal every two games, and has been in impressive form this season after missing most of last year due to suffering knee ligament damage which kept him out for over a year.

His partnership with striker Billy Sharp, who is on loan from Southampton is a key part to the Forest team under new manager Alec McLeish, and with the news of his long term future secured, the emphasis will be put to the owners to tie down the permanent deal of his strike partner.