LOI PREMIER DIVISION: CHRIS Forrester was this season’s first recipient of the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers Ireland Player of the Month title, taking the laurels for March/April.
The 28-year-old St Pat’s midfielder has rediscovered some of his best form and was a central figure as the Saints began the 2021 campaign strongly with six wins and two draws.
A player with a reputation for producing spectacular strikes, his brace in last month’s win over Longford Town included a goal of the season contender.
“The start of the season has been good,” Forrester said. “Personally, I’m playing well and as a team we’re playing well. We were unbeaten up to Saturday so we will look to kick on again. “A lot of things have come together.”
Back at Richmond Park following spells with Peterborough United and Aberdeen, the Dubliner is enjoying his football once again – with the support of Pat’s boss Stephen O’Donnell – after some difficult times.
“Stephen has been very good for me since coming in,” he added. “We had a chat at the start of the season and he told me a few home truths.
“Personal ambition for me is just to enjoy football again. You want to be one of the best players in the league, you want to be held in that regard, but for me it’s just about being happy again playing football. I’ve been delighted this season at Pat’s.”
On the field, however, the club have endured a sticky patch in recent weeks with a 3-1 away loss last Friday to Drogheda United leaving them six points off leaders Shamrock Rovers.
Next Friday’s home derby against Bohemians represents a key chance to get back in the groove.
PHOTO – Chris Forrester of St Patrick’s Athletic poses with the SSE Airtricity / SWI Player of the Month Award for April at their training facility, Ballyoulster United Football Club, in Kildare. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile