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Millwall keeper Forde in Portsmouth loan

29 July 2016

Lions shot-stopper makes switch to the south coast

Millwall goalkeeper David Forde has this morning completed a season-long loan move to League Two side Portsmouth.

Republic of Ireland keeper Fordey has been virtually an ever-present fixture in The Lions' first team squad since joining the club from Galway in the summer of 2008, making over 330 senior appearances.

His Millwall debut against Oldham at the start of the 2008/9 season was the start of a phenomenal run that saw the genial giant play every minute of every League match until 20th August 2011.

He recorded 19 clean sheets, one less than Golden Glove winner Danny Coyne at Tranmere that first season, and saved five penalties in those matches.

Fordey's pride in keeping out the opposition is well-known, and there is on underestimating the huge part he played in helping Millwall return to the Championship in 2009/10, managing to keep 21 clean sheets – including three in the Play-Off games. He followed up with 20 shut-outs in the Championship during 2010/11.

The shot-stopper's outstanding form was recognised at international level too during his eight years at The Den, and the 36-year-old wrote himself into the record books as club record holder following his 23rd international cap for the Republic of Ireland, edging ahead of Eamon Dunphy's 40-year record.

Having three times finished as runner-up, Fordey was voted Millwall's Player of the Season in 2013/14 during a challenging campaign one for the team, but one in which the keeper's own form was impressive and helped The Lions remain unbeaten in the final eight games to avoid relegation.

His eye-catching displays in a Millwall shirt continued throughout 2014/15 - as they did for his country - but he found first team opportunities restricted last season, making 10 appearances in total, thanks to the form of Player of the Year Jordan Archer.

Fordey's move to the south coast will enable the popular Irishman to get regular match action for Pompey.

Everyone at The Den wishes him all the very best for the season ahead.

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