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Nottingham Forest is set for a return to the top flight of English football for the first time in over 20-years after Forest secured promotion to the Premier League at the expense of Huddersfield Town and could begin their hunt for added quality in north London after being linked with interest in Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

According to reports via the Mirror’s John Cross, Forest are ready to pounce on a potential move for the Hale End academy graduate as Arsenal is said to be ready to cash in on the 24-year-old versatile England international.

Maitland-Niles spent the second half of last season on loan with Serie A outfit AS Roma under José Mourinho and took home a winners medal in the UEFA Conference league after the capital outfit saw off Dutch giants Feyenoord in a 1-0 win, but the Gunners midfielder was unable to keep his place under Mourinho after making a strong start to live in the eternal city.

The London-native made six straight appearances after securing a January loan move which included five starts but could only be viewed as a depth option for the rest of the season under Mourinho, and it has become painfully clear that his future remains away from Arsenal.

Premier League bound Nottingham Forest to target Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles

ROME, ITALY – FEBRUARY 19: Ainsley Maitland-Niles AS Roma) and Darko Lazovic of Hellas Verona battle for the ball during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Hellas Verona FC at Stadio Olimpico on February 19, 2022, in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

But his current market value of £8.5million (via Transfermarkt) would certainly be at a price point that could be too good for Forest to pass up as manager Steve Cooper will look to bolster the first-team ranks.

A deal for Maitland-Niles could come at the right time for Forst given the growing interest from Tottenham for Middlesbrough right-back Djed Spence, who had a highly-successful loan spell with Forest last season.

Forest was said to want to consider a full move for Spence this summer after securing Premier League status, but with Spurs growing in confidence in securing a move for the highly-rated defender, Maitland-Niles offers a cut-price option that comes with Premier League experience and would likely jump at the chance at securing first-team football once again after falling out of favor with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta.

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Oct 9, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Orlando Magic head coach Steve Clifford reacts during the second half against the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Clifford agreed to a multi-year deal on Friday for a second tour of duty as coach of the Charlotte Hornets, according to multiple reports.

The 60-year-old Clifford went 196-214 with two playoff appearances in five seasons with the club from 2013-18. He was fired after going 36-46 in the 2017-18 campaign.

The move comes after Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson agreed to become coach of the Hornets and later reneged on the deal.

After being dismissed by Charlotte, Clifford spent three seasons with the Orlando Magic and went 96-131. He has an overall mark of 292-345 in eight NBA seasons.

Clifford’s first two Orlando squads made the postseason but his final team went 21-51, the third-worst record in the league. Clifford and the Magic elected to part ways following the campaign.

Clifford spent last season in a consulting role for the Brooklyn Nets.

Clifford is just 11 wins shy of matching the Charlotte record for coaching victories held by Allan Bristow (207 from 1991-96).

Charlotte also considered veteran coach Mike D’Antoni for the job.

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The Hornets fired James Borrego after going 43-39 last season. Charlotte lost to the Atlanta Hawks in a play-in game to miss the postseason for the sixth straight season.

Borrego went 138-163 in his four seasons with the Hornets. Last season was his only winning campaign.

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It’s almost 30 years since a Blues team came back to win a State of Origin series after losing the opener in Sydney, but two stars of that memorable NSW team of 1994 have laid down a blueprint for Brad Fittler’s men to follow.

Brilliant fullback Tim Brasher and giant back-rower Paul Sironen admitted things looked bleak for the Blues when Mark Coyne scored the famous last-minute try to win the Queenslanders an epic Game One that series.

“I know how this team feels – because it’s the same way we felt back in ’94,” Sironen, now a member of the Blues’ management team, told Wide World of Sports from Perth.

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“When you have game one at home you just have to win it – and we blew it.

“We didn’t play as well as we could have and we didn’t execute the way we trained and we knew we were really going to be up against it for the rest of the series.

“But what we did was turn that to our advantage by using that frustration, disappointment and anger at ourselves to spur us on.

“We levelled the series in Melbourne and it then all came down to the decider in Brisbane.”

Brasher has vivid memories of the lead-up to the all-important third match at Lang Park.

“Everyone was telling us about Lang Park being the cauldron and how we would cop it up there and I must admit I wasn’t all that confident in the week leading up to the game,” Brasher said.

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“But then on game night, as our team bus went down Caxton Street and they came out of the pub and shook the bus and threw bottles at us, I think that actually did us a favour.

“It galvanised us, gave us a siege mentality and we were determined to go all the way.”

The Blues won the decider 27-12, with a young Brad Fittler playing in the centres.

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