Peterborough United midfielder Chris Forrester admits the standard of League One is much higher than he expected.
The 22 year-old moved to Posh during the August transfer window from League of Ireland club St Patrick’s Athletic. He’s appeared in all 13 competitive games since then and appears to have taken the step up in class in his stride.
Posh boss Graham Westley compared Forrester to Manchester United’s multi-medal winning midfielder Michael Carrick recently.
Forrester said: “I have been surprised by the standard of League One. It’s much better than I thought it would be. People back home in Ireland predicted I would find it easy, but that hasn’t been the case.
“We have played a couple of great sides in Wigan and Bury, but most teams have some excellent players. I don’t know much about the teams we face apart from what the management team tell us before a game. Everything is new to me and I enjoy that.
“I’m happy with how I’ve played and it’s been great to get compliments from the manager and to get praise from the club’s fans on Twitter.
“I didn’t expect to play every game. I thought it would be a gradual introduction to the team while I learnt things properly in training.
“So it’s been a pleasant surprise to keep getting selected. I feel I’m getting stronger physically which is a bonus as I did struggle to see the 90 minutes out in my first few games.
“I’ve also had to learn a new position. I’ve never played a defensive role in my life, but I have had to improve that side of my game to play at the base of a midfield diamond.
“My game has always been about attacking, shooting at goal and scoring goals, but the new position has made me as interested in clean sheets as I am in scoring.
“I’m lucky that I’m playing in a very talented and very young squad. I feel very privileged to be playing with them.
“I just hope I can now stay in the side. I’ve set a standard for myself that I need to maintain. I’m taking nothing for granted though.”
There is personal downside to Forrester’s arrival in the Football League. He’s left a partner and a one-year-old daughter behind.
“I’ve seen my daughter just four times in two months,” Forrester revealed. ”And that has been very tough.
“I try and ‘face time’ her every day which is great for me, but she doesn’t take a lot of notice of me. She prefers to play games on the i-pad.
“But my family is the reason why I have come to the Football League. I will be able to provide for them financially if I make a success of it over here.
“It’s a very different life for me over here. I would socialise and go out more with friends in Ireland, but I can’t do that here.
“Luckily I’m a bit of a loner so I don’t mind wandering around town, going into Nando’s and then going home to watch my box sets on the TV.”