Keeper on the verge of landmark appearance for The Lions
Millwall goalkeeper David Forde is set to make his 300th appearance for Millwall at AFC Bournemouth on Saturday - and in doing so will mark his place as one of the club's all-time greats according to many, including boss Ian Holloway.
Just 23 players in Millwall's proud history have reached the 300 mark, the most recent of whom was current skipper Alan Dunne.
It has been quite a couple of weeks for The Lions' number one, who also wrote himself into the record books as club record holder following his 23rd international cap for the Republic of Ireland earlier this month, edging ahead of Eamon Dunphy's 40-year record.
Speaking to the Irish Herald Lions boss Ollie paid tribute to his keeper: "Fordey has been a different class, as a servant to Millwall and as a bloke. He wants to improve and learn new things all the time. He's a credit to his profession.
"He will go down in history - look at how many people have been able to play through difficult times at this club.
"Being a goalkeeper, by nature, things don't always go well so what David has got is tremendous character and an ability to back himself. If something's gone wrong, he's been able to put it behind him and perform brilliantly.
"He embodies the qualities that we've got to search for and create amongst our players, especially the young ones coming through.
"Not many goalkeepers have been at Millwall for so long and managed to produce the form that David has shown during his career here. He's a very good role model, he's professional and he cares. You can trust him because he's a steady character and a reliable performer. He's worth his weight in gold for us." Forde was out of contract at the end of last season but opted to stay on with a deal which will bring him up to nine years of service and Holloway is glad of the stability.
"I'm looking forward to working with him for the next three years, because that's what we gave him in the summer," said Holloway.
"It's very unusual for me to agree to that length of contract, particularly with older players, but the bloke is totally and utterly reliable."