Millwall's Forde linked with move to Championship sides

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DAVID Forde is being linked with a move away from Millwall, with a couple of Championship sides rumoured to be interested in securing his signature.

The Republic of Ireland international is one of the Lions’ longest-serving players and signed a three-year deal with the club last summer.

But boss Neil Harris admitted recently that relegation to League One was likely to lead to interest in the former Cardiff City keeper.

The 35-year-old will also be conscious that he needs to be playing at Championship level at least if he is to have a chance of reclaiming his international place.

Forde, who has 23 caps, began the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign as first-choice keeper for his country but lost out to 39-year-old Aston Villa keeper Shay Given for the key qualifier against Poland in March.

Fulham and Reading are rumoured to be interested in ending his seven-year stint at Millwall.

Fulham could lose the highly-rated Marcus Bettinelli this summer – the England under-21 international has already been linked with Chelsea.

Should he depart then a move for an experienced international such as Forde would seem to make sense.

Reading, meanwhile, might feel they need more competition for Adam Federici, who made 43 Championship appearances last season.

A move to either side would boost Forde’s international chances as Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill would prefer to pick his keeper from the top two tiers of English football should the country qualify for next year’s finals.

With Keiren Westwood already in the Championship with Sheffield Wednesday, Forde may be worried about slipping further down the international pecking order.

He joined Millwall from Cardiff in 2008 and played alongside current boss Harris in the 2010 League One playoff final against Swindon Town.

After his release by West Ham he spent a number of years in the League of Ireland before signing for Millwall and going on to make over 300 appearances for the Lions.

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

44 thoughts on “Millwall's Forde linked with move to Championship sides

  • May 18, 2015 at 12:11
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    Best news I've read today!

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    • May 18, 2015 at 12:23
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      @dannyr2791: Think it's a shame people are willing him on to leave. Agreed it might be the best for both parties but he should be remembered for all the good performances he has brought over 7 years of service.

      Wish David all the best and hope he returns to the form he had with us a couple of years back.

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      • May 18, 2015 at 13:42
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        @Omer Ronayne: agreed I just think the past couple of seasons have been calamitous from him and pastures new are what's needed wish him all the best

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      • May 18, 2015 at 13:43
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        @Omer Ronayne: It's the same with Dunne - not the most gifted player in the world, but 100% Millwall who gave his all every game. Imagine the stick Kitch, Rhino and Cripps would get nowadays for their lack of pace or every mistake they made.

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        • May 18, 2015 at 16:00
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          @alpha_dogg: We all knew Dunne's limitations as a player, but he stayed under numerous managers and I don't ever remember him not giving a t*** about Millwall. As for kicking the opposition, it didn't do the reputation of some of our greatest club legend's much harm.

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        • May 18, 2015 at 21:43
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          @alpha_dogg: thats libellous mate id be careful what u say on here

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        • May 19, 2015 at 11:11
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          @alpha_dogg: Well said mate, these Dunne supporters are blind, probably the same people that thought Sheringham was a lazy git

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        • May 19, 2015 at 12:42
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          it may not be libelous, but it makes you a dirty grass....how would you know he done that unless you were in there with him, no doubt poncing off him and trying to make out you had a celebrity friend....for a couple of lines of text on here, you sold your soul.

          I met him out and about a couple of times and he was always courteous and polite, what more do you want from him or what more does he owe you, then you print that on here for all to see whether its true or not ....you knobhead.....you spout this rubbish about being Millwall through and through, well you just ruled yourself out....you're better suited to the anoraks

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  • May 18, 2015 at 12:18
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    I had no doubt he would go but according to one paper this morning he was going on a free. The guy signed a new contract so we should get a fee

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    • May 20, 2015 at 23:34
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      @George Jacks: Probably a relegation release clause put in when he signed.

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