FOREST Green defender Gavin Gunning believes the club will do well hold on to some of their stars in the summer.

The defender has been in fine form for Forest Green alongside talented young defenders Nathan McGinley and Farrend Rawson.

Gunning has been impressed with the pair but feels it may be hard for the club to keep hold of their key players in the summer but was full of praise for his defensive team mates

"They've done great," said Gunning. "They're really good young players and Forest Green will do well to hold on to them.

"I imagine it'll be tough for the club to hold on to a few of the lads but hopefully we'll get the job done this season and get promoted."

Forest Green host Notts County this weekend as they return to action for the first time in 11 days as they look to push on in League Two.

Notts County are bottom of the league but have been boosted by eight January signings and a credible 1-1 draw with league leaders Lincoln City.

Gunning is expecting the Magpies to be better than their league position suggest and believes they will now get out of trouble.

"They've signed some good experienced players and you'd fancy them to get out of the situation they're in now," Gunning commented.

"They've signed the likes of Michael Doyle and experienced players so it's going to be a much harder test than it would have been a few weeks ago but we'll just do our thing and hopefully get the three points."

Gunning recently reached a landmark for Rovers as he made his 50th appearance for the club against Mansfield Town, an achievement the 28-year-old is pleased about.

"It's good, I've had an injury ravaged career so I'm happy to get 50 games in I suppose."