David Forde boosts Cambridge United goalkeeping options

PUBLISHED: 11:57 20 July 2017

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Ex-international makes U’s move

Goalkeeper David Forde has signed for Cambridge United.

The 37-year-old has moved to the Cambs Glass Stadium on a one-year deal from Millwall following the departure of Will Norris to Wolves last week.

Former Republic of Ireland keeper Forde made 339 appearances during a nine-year career at Millwall, and last sesaon was on loan at Portsmouth, helping them to the Sky Bet League Two by keeping 19 clean sheets in 46 games.

“I’m delighted to be here and really looking forward to starting my first session with the first team this week,” said Forde, who will be challenged for the No 1 jersey by fellow new signing Dimitar Mitov.

“When I spoke to the head coach, he was very ambitious and that was backed up when I spoke with Ben (Strang, head of football operations) and Jez (George, chief executive).

“Everyone has been very positive about progress at the club, what we hope to bring this season and going into the future.

“The club obviously just missed out on the play-offs last year, and I have my own ambitions to get another promotion again, so that was a big part in making my decision.

“The squad have already had a large portion of pre-season together, so it’s important for me to now get some game time under my belt, and start to integrate into the club.

“I want to be able to hit the ground running and use my experience to get into the swings of things quickly.”

United head coach Shaun Derry said: “Once Will departed for Wolves, we decided that we would aim to bring in an experienced goalkeeper. There was one stand-out candidate.

“David arrives with a glowing CV that very recently has a League Two winner’s medal attached to it. He showed last season that not only is he a prime goalkeeper but a terrific leader too.

“He brings not only stability to the position but numerous other credentials also, that will really benefit our club.

“To have both him and Dimi (Mitov) as our goalkeepers this year is fantastic for our group of players.”

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