POSH INTERVIEW: Forrester loving his freedom in the middle of the park

Team-mates rush to congratulate Chris Forrester after he scored his first goal for Posh at Bradford. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Team-mates rush to congratulate Chris Forrester after he scored his first goal for Posh at Bradford. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Former Peterborough United manager Dave Roberton’s legacy isn’t all bad. He signed Chris Forrester after all.

The 22 year-old Irish midfielder has impressed since being thrown in at the deep end at the ABAX Stadium.

Chris Forrester immediately after scoring for Posh at Bradford City. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Chris Forrester immediately after scoring for Posh at Bradford City. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

He made his debut in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat at Millwall just three days after signing for the club.

And he’s started every game since, under three different managers already, and that’s testament to his ability on the ball and his comfort in several midfield positions.

That quality and consistency was rewarded with a first Football League goal in last Saturday’s (September 26) 2-0 win at Bradford City.

But Forrester, who was playing for Dublin-based St Patrick’s Athletic in the League of Ireland before crossing the water, insists he has plenty of improvement in him.

“I’m still coming up to speed with the Football League,” Forrester stated.

“Everything is just so much more intense. The training as well as the matches.

“I’ve cramped up in every game I’ve played so far, but I’m loving every minute of it and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I’m surprised how well I’ve settled in. Of course I miss home, but I’m in England to do a job and I’m determined to be very professional in how I go about it.

“I loved playing back home, but I have always wanted to test myself against better players and better teams.

“Some would say I was thrown into the deep end, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

“The way we are playing now suits me as I like getting on the ball and passing it about. I’ve been playing deeper than I was used to, but I’m enjoying it.

“My job has been to get the ball off our centre-halves and pass it off to the players with great technical ability like Marcus Maddison.

“Playing at the base of the diamond is good for me, but I can play in most positions across the middle.

“My only aims are to stay in the team, progress personally and help the team up the table.

“Obviously the goal in front of our own fans at Bradford was great, especially as I hadn’t played that well up to then in that game, but I can do better.

“The new manager and Grant McCann have been full of encouragement. They have the squad buzzing and full of confidence.”