Forde: I had offers to leave – but Millwall is dear to my heart

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DAVID Forde admits he had offers to leave Millwall last summer – but none convinced him to end his seven-year association with the club.

Forde began the season as the Lions' first-choice goalkeeper with 22-year-old Jordan Archer signed from Tottenham Hotspur to provide the competition.

Millwall endured a difficult start to the campaign, losing their first three home games in which they conceded nine goals, before Neil Harris gave Archer his first competitive start in the 0-0 draw at Scunthorpe in August.

Archer has since established himself as Harris’ first choice.

With the Republic of Ireland having qualified for Euro 2016, however, and a starting spot between the sticks for Martin O’Neill’s side still up for grabs ahead of the competition in France, Forde insists he will “see what happens” when the question of a potential move to secure first-team football with that tournament in mind was raised.

And with the January transfer window looming, those questions will likely surface again. He admits, though, that he “loves it” at his current club.

“It came to the summer and I had some offers but nothing enticed me away from Millwall, so that’s the situation I was in,” the 35-year-old told NewsAtDen.

“I love it here at Millwall. I’ve had some fantastic times here, some of my best times in football. My family is settled here and everything else so let’s see what happens.”

Forde, who will turn 36 on December 20, held talks with Fulham during the closed season but decided to stay with the club he joined from Cardiff City in 2008 and for whom he has played 333 times.

He also hasn’t given up hope of reclaiming the number one jersey from his younger rival Archer, who credits the Irishman as having a big influence on the formative stages of his career.

“It just didn’t entice me away,” Forde said of the prospect of switching to Craven Cottage. “I didn’t feel it was right. This is a club that’s very dear to my heart.

“Hopefully I can get back into the Millwall side.”

John Kelly