Nottingham Forest have announced their retained list following the conclusion of the Championship campaign.

Forest finished seventeenth in the table, and boss Aitor Karanka will be hoping he can build a squad that will be capable of challenging for promotion next season.

Chris Cohen, Ashkan Dejagah, Jack Hobbs, David Vaughan have all been released by Forest, and they will be free to find new clubs during the summer window.

Cohen has taken the decision to retire from football all together after spending eleven years at the City Ground.

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The midfielder made 272 appearances for Forest, scoring 14 goals since his move from Yeovil Town.

David Vaughan and Jack Hobbs will be leaving the club, after both spend five years with Forest.

Vaughan made 93 appearances, scoring one goal since his move in 2014, and Hobbs made 75 appearances after joining the club from Hull City.

Jack Colback, Kieran Dowell, Costel Pantilimon, Lee Tomlin have all returned to their respective parent clubs, but Karanka has not ruled out players returning next campaign.

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Kieran Dowell has made a big impression in the East Midlands since joining from Everton on loan. The attacking midfielder featured 38 times, scoring ten goals – making him the clubs top scorer.

Pantilimon had established himself as Aitor Karanka’s number one before the signing of Stefanos Kapino from Olympiacos who started the last four games of the season.

Elvis Otim, Aaron Smith, Lewis Walters have also been released from the under twenty three squad.

Karanka will have to make some big decisions during the summer if he wants to craft a squad that can challenge at the top end of the table next season.

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