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 12:23
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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 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 18, 2015 at 12:33
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    Neil may well think it best to clear out the old guard who have been part of a dismal 3 years but it is surprising that the contract allows him to go on a free. Would have thought he might have wanted to play regularly in a promotion-challenging side next season, but he would need to accept significantly lower wages than obtainable by sitting on the subs bench at a higher level. We could do with a couple of senior players at the club. Yes we have youngsters but you don't win anything with youngsters as someone famously mis-stated om MOTD once!! We need a balanced squad ready for the kicking match that League One provides!

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  • May 18, 2015 at 12:59
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    He is on a new contract so he will cost money and not be given a free

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  • May 18, 2015 at 13:04
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    Not surprising in the least. Although I'm a fan of Forde, this would probably be for the best all round. Harris is trying to rebuild the team and Forde needs to play at a higher level. An opportunity to invest in a younger keeper for the long term. Could Harris' Southend connection help us to get Dan Bentley?

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  • May 18, 2015 at 13:21
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    He's been a great servant to the club but this season he's been a bit of a liability and in all honesty he's past his best, given his recent form I don't think he's likely to be Irelands number 1 right now. Also this talk of him going on a free concerns me, seems that contracts don't mean much at Millwall these days!

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  • May 18, 2015 at 13:25
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    Shame, but probably for the best, had a disaster last season. Fordey's highlight of last season was kicking the ball at the back of Nelson's head and blaming Sid for it!

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    • May 18, 2015 at 14:45
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      @Bones: Haha. That was his most accurate kick of the match if I remember correctly!

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      • May 18, 2015 at 16:02
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        @junkmale: he saw a player free in space up field and picked him out with pinpoint accuracy. Yes, yes he was only 10 yards away but let's forget about that bit.

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  • May 18, 2015 at 14:07
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    Like Dunne, Forde has be very much a mainstay under the past 3 managerial regimes (Jackett, Lomas and Holloway) Harris wants to sweep the old guard clear and rebuild for his new regime at the club. Hopefully it is a long and prosperous one

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  • May 18, 2015 at 14:37
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    I'm actually not bothered if he goes or stays.

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  • May 18, 2015 at 14:59
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    Who's gonna be our outstanding keeper this year..???

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  • May 18, 2015 at 15:02
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    @STANLEY: BENTLEY is a highly rated young keeper, Sunderland are looking at him as are other bigger clubs. If southend beat Wycombe next week they'll be in the same division as us, can't see him wanting to come here , not much of a step up for him, if any.

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    • May 18, 2015 at 15:32
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      @bordersarebest0170: Agree with you on that. Unfortunately Bentley is on his way to much bigger things. That is the kind of player we have to be looking for, though. Young (for a keeper, around mid-20s), talented but with potential to improve. Or, if we seriously rate King, Archer or any of the young keepers already in our set-up, get someone with experience for a couple of seasons while the chosen successor matures. Either way, a new no. 1 will be as important a signing as a striker.

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  • May 18, 2015 at 15:22
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    With Harris bringing in youth I think we need an experienced keeper like forde to calm the kids down when thinks ain't goin there way. Still think he can do a good job in league one. Harris could play king in the cups so he can grow & gain experience & then put forde under pressure to play the way we know he can. Coyl.

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  • May 18, 2015 at 15:31
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    I think Forde has been a good servant to the club, but I've never been his biggest fan. He's not technically gifted, but is a good shot stopper. However his kicking is atrocious at best, and always liable to flat/drop the odd cross. Too mistake prone in last couple of seasons.

    Think we do need an experienced keeper though, with a youngster as backup. Andy Lonergan was released by Bolton, only 31/32 and plenty of experience.

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  • May 18, 2015 at 15:57
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    I think we had Forde during the best days of his career, so he is unlikely to get better, but I do think that we do easily forget how hard it is to find a good keeper. Over the many years I have supported Millwall, we have always grown complacent about our good keepers and it takes years to replace them. Get ready for a procession of second rate journeymen who won't reach Forde's standard, coming to our club for the next 2 years.

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  • May 18, 2015 at 16:06
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    Shot stopper ain't seen much of that last 2 seasons that's why we're in league 1 the mans out of form end of, bye bye, thanks fordey for some good times hope you get what you want good luck, this is the hard part of the job for NH we need new players all over the pitch with experience at this level, but it's getting them to the den wages are going to be an issue, must have saved a fortune on weekly wage bill, quality small squad sounds good but what about injuries we've had 4or 5 out at the same time shall the fans start bringing there boots? Any news on our targets anyone?

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    • May 18, 2015 at 16:20
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      Whoever put Forde on here as a good shot stopper hasn't seen him play. The guy can't catch a cold, he doesn't have any confidence in the players in front of him, that's reciprocal. f*** him off, get 3mill and lets get a 20 goal striker i. Forde was responsible for 21 points lost this season, get him out

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      • May 18, 2015 at 16:43
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        @Coldblowupper7: A bit harsh, but it's got to be said, he's been woeful this season, not much better the previous one and the one before that Jackett had to bring in Maik Taylor. I don't know if he can be held responsible for all those 21 points but he has certainly let in enough howlers to see us relegated.

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      • May 18, 2015 at 16:46
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        @Coldblowupper7: 3 Mill??? What's that, Zimbabwean Dollars? We'd be lucky to get a couple of hundred grand. That's no reflection either way on Fordey, just the way the transfer market works away from the top end.

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      • May 18, 2015 at 16:51
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        @Coldblowupper7:

        I meant shot stopper in regards to reaction saves, one on ones, penalties etc. His actual saving of long range shots, dealing with crosses and the like was always fairly poor. But he did used to keep the ball out the net and make good point blank saves. Not so much last season or 2 though

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  • May 18, 2015 at 17:12
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    Colin Doyle has been released by Birmingham City.
    Any views on him?
    I remember him to be pretty soild when he was at the Den.

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    • May 18, 2015 at 18:04
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      @beethoven5: I remember him from 05/06 season I think, decent from crosses but incredibly slow off his line if I remember correctly. Saying that, forde is slow and can't catch crosses.

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    • May 18, 2015 at 18:48
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      @beethoven5: solid, loyal goalkeeper who has been back up to some great goalkeepers foster, jack butland maybe even joe hart if I remember rightly ...
      Massive goalkeeper catching and kicking is good just a bit slow getting to his corners but would make a good number 1.

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  • May 18, 2015 at 17:35
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    Top lad. Do one. Won't miss ya.

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  • May 18, 2015 at 18:30
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    The story doing the rounds that he's got a contract clause allowing him to leave on a free is a bit annoying. The fact this story doesn't mention we're looking for a fee suggests it's true and is more bad contract dealings by the club if it is. A deal-breaker in him agreeing to sign last Summer so he could make a quick getaway if things didn't work out? At least it's a big wage saving but I agree finding a good replacement will be tougher than we think.

    Anyone think our old keeper Sam Walker at Colchester is worth a look?

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  • May 18, 2015 at 18:47
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    On another subject; I see Steven Reid hung up his boots - be good to see him back perhaps with the Under 21's.

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  • May 18, 2015 at 18:58
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    REIDY REIDY.....magic great times. Saw Dave Martin for Stevenage the oter night skin em Dave magic great times. Was in the Championship not long ago magic magic great times.

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  • May 18, 2015 at 21:41
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    Maybe the young goalkeepers at the club would stand more of a chance if fat boy pressman wasn't coaching them!

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  • May 19, 2015 at 20:34
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    Tonytowneronthewing.
    Best reply I have ever read on this site.

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    • May 20, 2015 at 18:20
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      Thanks....good to see someone else thinks properly

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  • May 19, 2015 at 21:06
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    Forde has had his day and I doubt he will make it back in the Ireland set up either. Poor performances last season and more so this season he doesn't give his defence much confidence, he never commands his box. All bravery and mouthy when decisions went against us but I'd prefer him to concentrate on keeping goal. Goodbye Forde make it a good last move for yourself.

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