DAVID FORDE is looking to make it a season to remember next year as he aims to push the Lions to the promised land of the Premier League.
The Galway-born stopper recently put pen-to-paper on a new three-year contract and has revealed how he turned down other offers to embark on his top-flight quest with Millwall.
The 34-year-old was reportedly attracting interest from QPR and Crystal Palace, but the six-year Den veteran has no regrets about committing his future to the Lions.
"My new challenge now is to get to the next level," Forde told the Southwark News.
"I've always stated that I want to play in the Premier League, and I would love nothing more than to do it with Millwall.
"That's my next challenge: I want to get to the Premier League with Millwall.
"The manager and the chairman have similar beliefs, and hopefully we can achieve them someday soon.
"There were a few clubs whose offers were there or thereabouts, but I'm glad of getting my Millwall deal done.
"It took a few weeks over the summer because we couldn’t really speak until we were safe, and with me being away on international duty it was hard to get it sorted and organised.
"But I told the manager a few months ago that I wanted to stay and I knew we would stay up."
Forde was an integral member of the Lions squad that secured Championship survival on the final day of last season.
And the Lions' Player of the Year says the sudden turnaround under boss Ian Holloway convinced him to sign on.
Forde explained: "He was the main deciding factor in me staying at the club. He was excellent on that front and that's the reason why I stayed.
"He firmly believes we can get promoted.
"Holloway's a very good manager and he's up there with the best I've worked with.
"He gets it right in all departments on the pitch – the way he's got us tougher as a team is excellent.
"The way he handles players, the way he speaks to them and his man management are top drawer."
The Lions return for pre-season training this week and Forde is confident that Millwall will be in the right frame of mind after a summer of upheaval in 2013.
"It's a very positive mind-set because after Kenny Jackett's regime we struggled," he said.
"We went into the Steve Lomas era with a lot of new faces and a lot of new players, so this year we're more optimistic.
"We put a good run together at the back of last year with four wins and four draws and that has given us a lot of hope.
"With Ian Holloway in place I think it will be a successful year."