Cole leaves Forest

Striker believed to have grown restless at a lack of opportunities

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Former England striker Andrew Cole has left Nottingham Forest by mutual consent.

The Championship outfit announced that his contract had been cancelled on Friday, bringing to an end the Nottingham-born striker's short stay since his summer arrival from Sunderland.

Speculation in recent days suggested the 37-year-old had grown restless at a lack of opportunities at the City Ground, and he did not travel with the rest of the Reds squad for Tuesday's crucial 2-1 win away at Crystal Palace.

The former Manchester United player made 11 appearances for the club, including five starts, but failed to score.

Forest manager Colin Calderwood told the club's official website: "It's a shame things haven't worked out as well as we had both planned when Andrew joined us and we came to the joint conclusion that it was best we went our separate ways.

"All my attention is now focussed on preparing the squad for Sunday's game at Derby.

"But I would like to place on record my thanks for the contribution Andrew has made and wish him all the best for the future."