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Wednesday 20 November 2019

More yet to come from Forrester says O'Donnell

Chris Forrester of St Patrick's Athletic. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Chris Forrester of St Patrick's Athletic. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

The talent has never been in doubt, the question has been getting that talent out onto the field of play on a regular basis.

But St Patrick's Athletic manager Stephen O'Donnell believes that talisman Chris Forrester has the ability to "light up the league" here once he's playing with a smile on his face.

Big things were expected of Forrester when he rejoined the Saints from Aberdeen at the start of this season, but the former Belvedere player struggled at timeS and was even dropped for a spell.

The 26-year-old looked to be back to his best for the Saints in last week's 0-0 draw with former club Bohemians, and ahead of tonight's trip to Derry City, where Pat's need a win to retain any hope of European football next season, O'Donnell knows there are rewards from getting Forrester to reach his levels.

"There's not players in this league who can get people on the edge of their seats," says O'Donnell.

Forego

"He has that talent, it's my job now to get that talent out. You can't forego or let talent like that sit on its hands, you have to get it out of players of that calibre.

"Chris has been brilliant application-wise, he is getting fitter all the time, people come from all over to go and watch Chris when he is in full flight. We have had a couple of chats, I just reiterated to Chris that not many players get to run a game at Stamford Bridge, as he did with Peterborough.

"I just want him back enjoying his football and when he is enjoying his football he produces displays like that.

"You can't let talent like that go by the wayside, go through the motions, he's at a great age, only 26, and when he enjoys his football he produces performances like that and there's more to come," added O'Donnell who says he will assess his players' future after the final game of the season on Friday.

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