Forrester: I need to beef up for move across water
ST PATRICK'S ATHLETIC ace Chris Forrester has admitted that he needs to work harder in the gym to secure a move to England after bad luck scuppered a proposed transfer to Bristol City.
Forrester was on the verge of signing for the League One side when their manager Sean O'Driscoll was sacked and his replacement, Steve Cotterill, was unwilling to take a risk on the talented young Dubliner.
The 21-year-old earned rave reviews last year but was disappointed with his personal contribution to the Saints' 2013 success and says the setback has made it clear what he has to do to earn his transfer across the water.
"It was upsetting," said Forrester. "I didn't do so well in the other trials I went on (to Wolves and Watford) but I thought I did very well at Bristol City. It just wasn't meant to be. He (O'Driscoll) got sacked the day after I came home."
Few have doubted Forrester's technical ability, but some interested parties from England have questioned the creative midfielder's physicality and he has acknowledged that it's an issue.
"I haven't been as motivated as I should have been in doing my gym work and stuff," he said. "I will be working on that next year."
Forrester fell out of favour with St Pat's boss Liam Buckley last season before coming back in to make some telling contributions in the title run-in and he admitted: "Maybe getting dropped was the best thing to happen to me.
"Liam has been great for me for the last two seasons, he has brought me on as a player. His attitude towards me is great -- he's more like a father figure than a manager.
"I was always happy to sign back here no matter what other League of Ireland club came in for me. I'll park it (Bristol disappointment) and concentrate on trying to win another league here with Pat's."