Altrincham prospect Lewis Salmon has signed for Nottingham Forest.

The young forward joins the Championship club on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The 19-year-old had linked up with Forest on trial back in April.

Salmon told the club’s website after signing: “I can’t wait to get started.

“I’ve been with Altrincham for 18 months and been on loan a couple of times, so I feel I’ve gained a good amount of experience already. I’m a player that works really hard and enjoys scoring goals, so I’m delighted to be given this opportunity.”

Altrincham director Rob Esteva told the Robins’ website: “First and foremost, I am delighted for Lewis. He is at an age where he needs to kick on in his development, and he is going to a club that can help him do just that.

“While there is always that tinge of sadness when a player departs, this speak volumes for the approach we have taken in recent times about investing in young talent and developing them. As everybody knows, with the recent announcement of (manager) Phil (Parkinson) moving full-time with the club, we are putting various plans in place to enable us to be in a position to focus much more on developing our own players.

“But this was simply an opportunity neither us nor Lewis could turn down. Not only is Lewis a hugely talented player with the potential to go far in the game, he is just as good a person.”

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