Harry Arter Commits to Nottingham Forest
Harry Arter, the 33-year-old midfielder, is unwavering in his commitment to seeing out his contract with Nottingham Forest. Despite efforts to part ways, an agreement to conclude his tenure at the City Ground remains elusive.
Arter's journey with the club began three years ago when he made a permanent move from Bournemouth, as Forest competed in the Championship. Since then, he hasn't graced the Premier League stage in Forest's colors.
His last appearance for the team was a brief two-minute cameo against Preston in 2021, yet he continues to draw a weekly wage of £40,000, even though he isn't part of the first-team lineup.
Forest has expressed a keen desire to offload Arter and explored options during the summer transfer window. Unfortunately, the player didn't pique much interest in the market.
Reportedly, a Dubai-based club extended an offer, but the proposed weekly salary of £1,000 fell far short of Arter's expectations, leading to the deal's collapse.
Arter found himself on loan at National League side Notts County, where he managed to secure playing time beyond the professional league setup in England. He made nine appearances for the club, also participating in the FA Cup and League One for Charlton in the same season.
A growing sense of frustration within the Forest ranks stems from Arter's return to the pre-season in subpar physical condition, failing to meet the club's fitness standards by two kilograms. Sources suggest that Arter lacks the motivation to push for a spot in Steve Cooper's first-team and is solely focused on fulfilling his contract.
Although his current deal expires at the end of this season, Forest has actively sought a solution to facilitate his departure to continue his career elsewhere. Arter was omitted from Forest's Premier League squad for the second consecutive season and is now training with the academy teams.
Forest has encountered difficulties negotiating with Arter's representative, Paul Martin, as they believe his priorities are centered on financial gain rather than finding an amicable solution to terminate the contract.
Arter's participation for Forest has been limited, with just 14 senior appearances since joining the club. Mail Sport has reached out to Arter's representative for further insights.
In summary, Harry Arter remains steadfast in seeing out his Nottingham Forest contract, despite a two-year absence from the pitch. The club's efforts to part ways with the midfielder have proven challenging, with financial disagreements and fitness concerns looming large.