St Patrick's Athletic are delighted to announce the re-signing of Republic of Ireland U21 international midfielder Chris Forrester for the 2015 season.
Former Belvedere youth Forrester joined the Saints in 2012 from Bohemians, and since then has amassed 125 appearances in all competitions and scored 30 goals for the club.
21 year old Forrester has played a massive part in Pat's recent successes under the guidance of manager Liam Buckley, winning a league in 2013 and the FAI Cup recently, while he also featured in two Europa League campaigns (2012 and 2013), and the club's UEFA Champions League qualifiers against Legia Warsaw this summer.
Speaking to stpatsfc.com, Saints' manager Liam Buckley spoke of his happiness that Forrester would be back for a fourth season in Inchicore next year.
“I am delighted that Chris has re-signed with the club. He is one of the league's best young players, so to have him at the club again for 2015 is fantastic news for everyone. It is great news for the fans as Chris is a player that people would pay in to see as technically he is superb.”
Forrester, who turns 22 next month, admitted that he was over the moon to sign back with the club and is already targeting more silverware with the club in 2015.
“It's great that I'll be back playing with the club next season. After winning the league in 2013 and the cup recently, we know what a great feeling it is to win each of those so we'll be going all out again for silverware next year.”
Forrester admitted to stpatsfc.com that the work of both Liam Buckley and Dave Campbell in retaining the majority of the Saints' squad for 2015 was also a major plus when re-signing, and the Dubliner spoke of his excitement for the campaign ahead and in working with some of the club's new signings.
“Seeing all the lads sign back was great to see so I was only too happy to do the same, and now I'm really looking forward to next season. The three lads we've signed are all good players. Jason [McGuinness] is such an experienced player so he'll be great to have at the club, while Ciaran Kilduff has a great goalscoring record so both he and Christy [Fagan] will score goals for us next season.
“I have heard great things about Lee Desmond so I'm really looking to playing with him. Even looking at Aaron Greene who only joined us midway through last season, he'll be like a new player for us too. Signing great players like them is great for competition and it really keeps you on your toes. With such a great group of players, we'll be strong again next year.”
Heading into his fourth season with Liam Buckley's side, Forrester also admitted that while he is one of the young players of the squad, he feels he has grown up in his time with the club and feels like an experienced member of the squad.
“After three years at the club, I feel I've really matured as a player and as a person off the pitch as well. That's been really great as I can help out young players at the club, the likes of Jamie McGrath and other players coming through the under 19's.
“I think that's really helped my game and the fact that we've had a settled side the past few seasons, that's also been to my benefit. Knowing you'll be lining up with a lot of the same players that were there, it's great to build-up that team bond even more as that will be huge for us next season.”
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