Profile: potential Bristol City signing Brendan Moloney
A deal could be on the horizon between Bristol City and Nottingham Forest right-back Brendan Moloney, it is understood.
Sean O'Driscoll is said to be keen to sign the former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, who has been told he can leave Forest this month.
Moloney has been with the club since 2006, during which time he has enjoyed loan spells with the likes of Chesterfield and Scunthorpe United.
A product of youth football in County Kerry, Moloney joined Nottingham Forest Youth Academy at the age of 15.
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He made his debut from the bench in March 2007 against Gillingham, and was that season crowned Nottingham Forest Young Player of the Year.
In January 2008 the youngster, who can play at centre-back, right-back or in midfield, signed a loan deal at Chesterfield.
He joined the club on a one month loan. Chesterfield manager Lee Richardson told the club’s official website: “We are delighted that Brendan is joining us at this time when we need some extra defensive cover”.
The youngster went on to play in the next four games for Richardson's side, and his stellar performance earned him a loan extension. It was agreed at the end of January Moloney would remain at the club until the season end.
After making a temporary move to Rushden and Diamonds, Moloney went on to make 12 appearances in the Championship that season.
His next career move would take him to Notts County in July 2009. Moloney, who had long been on the radar of Magpies manager Ian McParland, signed a six-month loan deal.
McParland told the club’s official website: "Brendan is a very promising young player and he has been a target of mine for a while. In fact I tried to get him last season but we couldn't finalise a deal.
"It's nice to have finally landed him and I believe we have a player on our hands who is more than capable of performing at this level.
"When I saw him play for Forest's first-team last season I thought he was one of their best players. I have always kept my eye on him and I am really pleased to have him on board."
And the club’s adoration for Moloney was not short-lived - by November the League Two outfit had made it clear they hoped to turn his loan deal into a permanent move.
Magpies executive chairman Peter Trembling confirmed the club was in talks with Forest over a permanent deal.
But in January 2010, with Notts County unable to afford to buy the 20-year-old outright, Moloney returned from his loan spell.
He made a total of 19 league and cup appearances for County, scoring his only goal for the club on his debut in the 5-0 rout of Bradford on the opening day of the season.
Later that month, having made 15 career league appearances for Forest but zero features at the City Ground that season, Moloney penned a loan deal with Scunthorpe United.
The Irishman agreed to stay at the club until the end of the season.
But his spell at Scunthorpe was cut short when in February he sustained a medial knee ligament injury. The injury, picked up midway through Scunthorpe's 2-0 defeat to West Brom, forced him to sit out the remainder of the season.
After recovering from his injury, Moloney earned “another chance to impress for Forest in the closing stages of the 2010-11 season,” according to the club’s official website.
“His appearances included both legs of the play-off semi-final against Swansea and he impressed many observers with his maturity.”
In February 2011 Moloney saw his Forest contract extended, keeping him at the City Ground until 2013.
New Robins head coach Sean O'Driscoll knows Moloney well, having worked with him during his time in charge at Forest earlier this season.
In November 2012 O'Driscoll said it was up to the Irishman to finally make the step up from being a squad player to being an integral part of the Forest side.
"He is a great lad, he has been terrific for the club and I have no qualms about playing him. I have never said to myself 'oh no, we have to play Brendan'," he said.
"He can play right-back or left-back, he has even played at centre-back in the past. He is a 100 per cent man and you need players like that in your squad to get your balance right.
"He does not want to be a bit-part player. He trains really well, he works hard and I never have any issues about putting him in."