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Forde keen to stay on at Millwall


Ireland's David Forde. Photo: David Maher / Sportsfile

Ireland's David Forde. Photo: David Maher / Sportsfile

Ireland's David Forde. Photo: David Maher / Sportsfile

DAVID FORDE says he hopes to secure his future with Millwall despite reports linking the Ireland keeper with a move to Celtic.

The Galway native (pictured below) is out of contract with the Lions at the end of this season but his form with the club, and in the Ireland side, has sparked interest in the 33-year-old.

Forde was Millwall's hero in Saturday's 1-0 win over Barnsley and Lions fans showed their appreciation for the keeper by giving him a standing ovation before the game, the Den faithful hoping that Forde stays on at the club.

"It was massive for me to get that kind of reception before the game. I have a lot of respect for the fans and I think it's a mutual thing," says Forde.

"I spoke to the club about my contract a couple of weeks ago and I'm just waiting for them to get back to me. Hopefully we can get something sorted.

"When you're playing well you're always going to attract interest, aren't you? I'm playing well at the moment for club and country so I'm just happy with my form. I'm concentrating on each game and I'm not looking beyond Leicester next weekend.

"It's part of the game. I suppose it's a bit different when you're more experienced, you can deal with speculation a lot easier."

Pilkington injury fears

ANTHONY PILKINGTON'S injury jinx has struck again as Norwich City await a medical update on the Ireland international.

Pilkington missed out on Ireland's friendly games with Latvia and Poland due to a hamstring injury and while he was fit enough to start for the Canaries away to Newcastle United on Saturday, he was substituted early in the second half of a 2-1 defeat.

"Hopefully Anthony won't be too bad but we need to find solutions if that is the case," said Canaries boss Chris Hughton.

"We won't know how bad it is until it settles down.

"It seems like Anthony has got a hamstring strain, but as regards what level that is something we won't be able to determine until we assess him over the next day or two."