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Forde's focus on Lions' safety

DAVID FORDE (pictured) says it would be "soul destroying" if his Millwall side lose their fight to stay in the Championship and end up in English football's third tier next term.

The Lions face the prospect of losing their Championship status as they are second from bottom in the table, five points adrift of safety.

Forde, who was this week linked with Blackburn Rovers, is expected to leave the New Den in the summer if the club get relegated, as his international career would suffer in League One. But while Forde – one of the club's longest-serving players – admits this season has been hard, he has not given up yet.

"We've been here a long time and we have an added responsibility because we understand the club. It hurts us a lot and I'm certainly wounded at the moment," said the Galway lad.

"There's nothing worse than a wounded animal, so hopefully we can rectify the situation. I would be absolutely gutted if we went down – it would be soul-destroying. We've worked so hard to get into the Championship.

"This is as tough as it has been during my time at the club."

Forde has been handed the captaincy for recent games and he says he is honoured to wear the armband.

"Playing for my country and captaining Millwall are my proudest career highlights," he added.