City set to sign new keeper?

Last updated : 05 December 2006 By Michael Morris
Goalkeeper David Forde
David Forde helped Derry to an FAI Cup triumph over St Pat's
Derry City goalkeeper David Forde is expected to sign for Championship title contenders Cardiff City.

The 26-year-old from Galway has passed a medical and has agreed personal terms with the Bluebirds.

Forde, who re-joined Derry two years ago after being released by West Ham United, hopes the move can earn him a Republic of Ireland call-up.

"I feel I have unfinished business in the UK and I want to push for an international spot," he told BBC Sport.

He added: "Dave Jones wants me to challenge Neil Alexander for the number one spot and it is certainly something I think I can do.

"Exciting things are happening at Cardiff - they are a couple of points off the top in the Championship and they've got news of a new 30,000 stadium.

"It's a club going in all the right directions, it's a great city and I'm looking forward to the challenge ahead.

"All that's left now is to sign on the dotted line."

Forde enjoyed two successful years at the Brandywell and leaves the Eircom League club just two days after the thrilling 4-3 victory over St Patrick's Athletic in the FAI Cup final.

"It's been an amazing two years with Derry and it was a tough decision to leave," said Forde.

"I spoke to Jim Roddy (chief executive) and Hugh McDaid (chairman) on Monday morning and they were very supportive - it was also a very emotional morning.

"I've enjoyed myself immensely at Derry with a special group of players and it has been a special chapter in my life.

"But this is a decision I had to make. I look at what Kevin Doyle is doing a Reading and got a bit of inspiration from him."