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Derbyshire impresses Brazil

Nottingham Forest caretaker boss Gary Brazil says that Matt Derbyshire is doing the right things to earn a new deal at the club.

The 28-year-old, who joined from Olympiakos in 2011, is out of contract in the summer and the pending arrival of new manager Stuart Pearce means that his future remains uncertain.

Derbyshire netted his sixth goal of the season in Forest's 5-2 defeat at QPR and he has featured 25 times - mainly as a substitute - in the Championship this campaign.

Brazil admits it is not down to him to hand out new deals, but says that Derbyshire has impressed him since he replaced Billy Davies in March.

"Will he get a new contract? That is a question for other people, probably," he told the Nottingham Post.

"But he is not doing himself any harm, whether his future is at this club or whether he earns the opportunity to go somewhere else.

"He is showing that he can score goals at this level. He has been bright since I started taking the team. He has shown a hunger and a desire to play.

"We have given him opportunities and, to be fair, he has grabbed them."

Meanwhile, Brazil has hailed the emergence of young midfielder Ben Osborn and has urged him to make an impression on Pearce over the summer after making his first-team debut in March.

He said: "Ben is somebody who has been improving all season, he has done well. He has done well in the under-21 side.

"I know Billy (Davies) was close to giving him his debut. We felt it was appropriate to do that at Ipswich, because he does do very well; he does very well on the training ground.

"Once Stuart gets his squad together for next season, it will be down to Ben to force his hand. We say that to all the kids - don't wait for the club to give you a chance, make sure you force them to make it happen.

"That will come from his work through pre-season, when Stuart will get the chance to watch him on the training ground. Players will decide who gets picked with their performances on the training ground."