Millwall goalkeeper David Forde signs new three-year deal

© Edmund Boyden
© Edmund Boyden

MILLWALL goalkeeper David Forde has signed a new deal with the club.

The 34-year-old put pen-to-paper on a three-year-contract on Friday afternoon, extending his stay with the Lions until 2017.

Forde, who had been away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland, had previously declined the chance to commit his future to Millwall.



But with his deal set to expire at the end of June, the Irish international has now rubber-stamped terms on an improved contract.

Millwall's Player of the Season for 2013-14 has made 279 Lions appearances since his arrival in 2008 and was in-between the sticks on 50 occasions last campaign.

As revealed by NewsAtDen, talks between the club and Forde had stalled over the length of his contract – with the former Cardiff City stopper holding out for four years.

A compromise has been reached whereby the goalkeeper has signed up for a guaranteed three years with the option of a fourth if he triggers an appearance clause.

Staff

(@NewsAtDen)

41 thoughts on “Millwall goalkeeper David Forde signs new three-year deal

  • June 13, 2014 at 15:22
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    Bout time ... Next

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  • June 13, 2014 at 15:26
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    I genuinely didn't think that was going to happen....but I'm glad it did

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  • June 13, 2014 at 15:26
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    Well done fordey glad to see that your commited just sort out the set pieces this season some times you let your self down

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  • June 13, 2014 at 15:30
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    Good news. That will be 9 years with us, fair play. We took a chance on him and i think it's fair to say he's shown us some loyalty. Sends out good signals about Ollie and the club aswell that he's re-signed with the (rumoured) other offers he had on the table. Hopefully our potential transfer targets will look and this and will help sway them a little bit.

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  • June 13, 2014 at 15:30
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    Well done Fordey. Was obviously holding out for a longer contract which at his age is understandable. Nice to see a player show some loyalty and commitment as I;m sure he wouldn't have been short on offers.

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  • June 13, 2014 at 15:31
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    Fantastic news he had other options but has shown great belief in the club and IH signing should inspire team mates and future signings
    COYL!!

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  • June 13, 2014 at 15:38
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    No exaggeration to say this is as good as a brand new signing. Not least for the message it sends out to other members of the squad and prospective new signings. It's worth mentioning that this time last year we'd only just appointed Steve Lomas and what followed was scattergun squad building and poor preparation for a long hard season. It really feels like we're setting some solid foundations here.

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  • June 13, 2014 at 15:44
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    Well done Fordey I'm sure you've made the right decision.

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  • June 13, 2014 at 15:53
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    Overall I'm pleased - and this is the sort of news we want on NaD rather than Ollie's thoughts on the World Cup.

    Forde has his blank spots but he has improved a lot (though I'd still like to know what was in his mind in the 80th minute v Bournemouth when he went into the LB position and missed the ball, - heaven knows what he was thinking).

    Having said that, GK's errors always hit the headlines - because of their role as last line of defence.

    He has a great attitude and with a settled back four it gives Lions something to build on.

    Now we need to know about Martin and strikers.

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  • June 13, 2014 at 15:53
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    Can't believe that anyone on this site really believes Forde turned down other clubs to stay with us .

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    • June 13, 2014 at 21:08
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      @southstandview: im with you on that i would bet a pound to a penny he had no other options worth more or even the same as we were offering.
      i am 50/50 if this is good news or not.

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  • June 13, 2014 at 16:03
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    Dont think Fordey had any real intentions of leaving us. had he made it clear that he was not signing a new contract and was available on a free im sure there would have been a host of clubs wanting him.
    He has chosen to stay and signed a 3 year deal which if nothing else its will show Ollies new targets that our best players are right behind him..
    Well played Fordey.

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  • June 13, 2014 at 16:04
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    Nice one. Took him long enough

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    • June 13, 2014 at 16:28
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      @benzo:

      To be fair can never find a pen when you need one !

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  • June 13, 2014 at 16:07
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    Lets just hope he don't concede 50+ goals next season.

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  • June 13, 2014 at 16:21
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    There you go, nice one.

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  • June 13, 2014 at 16:30
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    Great news - just a shame it was on Sky Sports Transfer Centre long before Aldo told us!

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  • June 13, 2014 at 16:40
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    Didn't expect that; even if it's just because QPR & Celtic passed on him, I'm delighted. Would have been a bugger to replace for his character as much as anything else.

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    • June 13, 2014 at 16:45
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      @jamie: "Would have been a bugger to replace for his character as much as anything else."

      Exactly, imagine having to start the season with Pisswater in goal!

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      • June 13, 2014 at 17:11
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        @Kennyp: to right mate..lets hope he can get rid & promote denzil to no.2

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        • June 13, 2014 at 18:16
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          @Jim28: Yeah that's what I'm hoping Jim

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  • June 13, 2014 at 16:48
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    I'm glad he's staying but I can't be the only one thinking that what will effectively end up being a 4 year contract seems rather generous for a 34 year old!

    Kind of in two minds about it as goal keepers can play for longer than outfield players so if he avoids injury and has a better defence in front of him than last season should work out well.

    Do we have any promising young goal keepers in youth setup? 2-3 years to develop with view of being Fordes replacement.

    Sorry Bywater the thought of you between the sticks fills me with dread.

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    • June 13, 2014 at 16:50
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      @MFC Lion: http://www.millwallfc.co.uk/team/player-profile/denzel-gerrard/33

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    • June 13, 2014 at 20:21
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      @The Humble One: true mate I think Forde and his agent have mugged us up big time , should have offered him one year take it or leave it !

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      • June 13, 2014 at 23:37
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        @southstandview: look's like you ,the humble one and myself are the only doubter's.

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  • June 13, 2014 at 17:03
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    Chuffed with that, good keepers really are hard to find and he has it in him to be the best in the Division.

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  • June 13, 2014 at 17:18
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    Well Done David Forde! We want you to continue to play for MFC . ( just check the previous POST about DF , and see that nearly 75 x People liked that post saying Thanks David ).

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  • June 13, 2014 at 17:31
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    Hope there's a clause in that contract if he concedes 70 odd goals again he's wages come down! Should of let the donkey leave he probs 1 of the highest earners to top it off as well..he never ever was gona get a 3-4 yr deal anywhere else & if he went premier he wouldnt of played jus sat on the bench! Bet he cant believe he's luck

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  • June 13, 2014 at 17:40
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    Any news on gregory

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  • June 13, 2014 at 17:44
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    welldone fordey.BYEBYE BYWATER IVE HEARD DARTFORD ARE LOOKING!!!

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  • June 13, 2014 at 17:48
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    Hopefully Martin will follow

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  • June 13, 2014 at 18:33
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    At last some decent news, I hear the ref and linesman for the Mexico game are booked to supervise our first game of the season!

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    • June 13, 2014 at 19:50
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      @Peckhamlad.:FIFA must have attended millwall last season..so expect more crap officials

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  • June 13, 2014 at 19:11
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    Not bothered either way, lets hope he doesn't go downhill from here on.

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    • June 13, 2014 at 19:17
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      @Lincolnshire Lion: I agree was not bothered if he signed or not.But I do think we should sign a young goalie (get rid of bywater) to put pressure on Fordey for his place.Do not think Denzil is ready yet for this.

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  • June 14, 2014 at 00:26
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    yes mate

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  • June 14, 2014 at 09:11
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    Flippin chuffed

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  • June 14, 2014 at 11:06
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    Was hoping we was losing both west ham reject goal keepers

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  • June 14, 2014 at 15:50
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    Good news two years would have been better. Forde is an average championship keeper poor with crosses, loses concentration, but a good shot stopper.
    What IH needs to do is introduce a younger keeper maybe the new Denzil to the defence and gradually demote Forde to No 2.

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