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Ambitious Forrester wants final say at Bohs

BOHEMIANS youngster Christopher Forrester says he'd love to follow the example of fellow Dubliner Matt Doherty in making the leap from the Bohs team to the English Premier League.

But not before he's achieved his aim of a Lansdowne Road date with Bohs next month in the FAI Cup final.

Midfielder Forrester, who forced his way into the Bohs side early this season only to fade into the background, has come back into the side in recent games and made a big impression, especially in their last game, Wednesday's 1-1 draw with league champions Shamrock Rovers.

More performances like that will cause scouts to sit up and take note, and a cross-channel career could be on the cards.

"You look at Matt Doherty. Last year he was playing for the Bohs reserves and now there he is, playing at Anfield for Wolves in the Premier League so I'd love to have a chance of that as well," said Forrester, who already had a taste of cross-channel football earlier this season when Mick McCarthy invited him for a trial at the Molineux club.

"I went over for a few days, trained and played in a match against Wrexham but nothing happened," he said.

"I don't think I was up to the standard they were looking for. I feel I can get to that level but that first trial was a big step-up for me. It was my first time going on trial so I was a bit nervous. If I get another chance I'd like to think I'd do better.

"Playing in England is something I'd love to do but for now I'm keeping my focus on Bohs and seeing out the season with as many wins as we can -- hopefully a win in the cup semi-final next week," added the teenager, who really is one of the home-grown players in the Bohs squad: he comes from the Queen Street area of the north inner city, living so close to the ground that he walks to Dalymount Park for training and matches.

Pat Fenlon has used 12 youngsters in this season's league programme alone and while lads such as Lee Dixon and Roberto Lopes have done enough to get international recognition, Bohs watchers reckon that midfielder Forrester is the cream of the crop.

But he's had to be patient, as he disappeared from the first team squad for a while this season.

"It's nice to be back in the team again. I was tired a bit earlier in the season but I feel energetic now," he said.

"If I can nail down a slot in the team and do well, maybe get into the team for the cup semi-final it would be great. To get to the final and play in the Aviva would be something else. It hasn't been a great season for the club off the field, so to get to the cup final would really top off the season for everyone."