Millwall's Archer praises 'outstanding' Forde

JORDAN Archer paid tribute to David Forde after the veteran goalkeeper’s move to Portsmouth was confirmed on Friday morning.

Forde has joined Paul Cook’s League Two side on a season-long loan and was straight into pre-season preparations with his new side as Pompey held an open training session at Fratton Park ahead of their friendly at Bristol City on Saturday.

Republic of Ireland international Forde had been Millwall’s first-choice goalkeeper for the majority of his eight seasons with the club, but Archer established himself as number one with some impressive performances last season.

Forde started just 10 games for Millwall in 2015-16 and that inactivity contributed to Martin O’Neill deciding to leave him out of his Euro 2016 squad.

He will be competing with Paul Jones for a place in Cook’s starting XI, and Archer was full of praise for his former rival.

“David Forde for the last season has been absolutely outstanding to me,” Archer said. “It would be easy for competing keepers to be bitter towards each other, but he was the complete opposite.

“He’s been helping me, giving me advice. I’m sure he just wants to play first-team football so I wish him all the best down at Portsmouth.”

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John Kelly