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.