Saturday 20 January 2018

Saints star Chris Forrester sets sights on move to foreign fields

Chris Forrester, St Patrick's Athletic, celebrates after scoring his wonder goal against Drogheda in April. Picture: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Chris Forrester, St Patrick's Athletic, celebrates after scoring his wonder goal against Drogheda in April. Picture: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

A fierce determination to earn a move abroad is driving Chris Forrester on this season and the St Patrick's Athletic ace is willing to consider taking his talents to a country other than England.

The prodigiously gifted 21-year-old (above) scooped the Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month award for April yesterday after his wonder-volley against Drogheda United that team-mate Keith Fahey, who has sampled life on a higher plain, described as the best goal he'd ever seen in the flesh.

Forrester, who has ambitions of following in Fahey's footsteps, had some difficult experiences when he was on trial at Wolves and Watford as a teenager before a spell with Bristol City last November ended with nothing as manager Sean O'Driscoll was sacked just as he prepared to do a deal.

The former Belvedere player, who came to organised football late after learning the game on the streets, is consistently being told that he needs to strengthen up if he wants to make the grade in England and manager Liam Buckley has advised him to consider a move further afield.

Buckley, who may not be in the dug-out for the Saints' Premier Division clash with Cork City tonight as he fights a virus, spent time in Spain and Belgium during his career and reckons Forrester would be suited to that sort of environment.

"Liam has always said to me that he thinks I'd suit more a continental team. Obviously he has experience playing there, he'd let you know too!" smiled Forrester. "I have played games in Europe and I've seen the build-up play.

"England isn't the be-all and end-all for me. If it happens, it happens, I'm open to many things."

Forrester's effort against Drogheda has reached 140,000 hits on YouTube, but he'd like to see it overtake the 190,000 tally he achieved for the cheeky chip against Shamrock Rovers two years ago that really put him on the map.

Irish Independent

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