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One of Ireland's brightest young talents completes move across the water

Chris Forrester is on his way to Peterborough.

Forrester could feature against Millwall on Tuesday.
Forrester could feature against Millwall on Tuesday.
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REPUBLIC OF IRELAND U21 international Chris Forrester has completed his move to Peterborough United from St Patrick’s Athletic.

The League One outfit announced the signing this afternoon after an undisclosed fee had been agreed on Friday. The 22-year-old moves to London Road on a three-year deal.

Forrester has been regarded as one of the best young talents in the League of Ireland since making his debut for Bohemians in 2011 and had been the subject of interest from several English clubs.

After having had trials at Wolves and Watford as a teenager, the Dubliner looked set to join Bristol City two years ago but a deal fell through when manager Sean O’Driscoll was sacked.

Forrester scored 42 goals in 158 appearances for St Pat’s and helped Liam Buckley’s side win the league title in 2013 and FAI Cup a year later.

Speaking about his new signing, Peterborough manager Dave Robertson said he ‘was over the moon to secure the services of Forrester.’

“He is full of energy and scored 12 goals in 24 games for St. Patrick’s Athletic. He is an attacking midfielder and one that we have high hopes for,” Roberston said.

Forrester was in the stands to watch his new team-mates draw 1-1 with Gillingham this afternoon. Peterborough currently sit in 18th position in League One.

He made his first Ireland underage appearance in a 3-0 win over the Netherlands in February 2012 before winning another cap against Portugal a month later.

Forrester rose to prominence when his goal – a sublime chip – against Shamrock Rovers went viral and he is now renowned for scoring eye-catching goals.

Source: stpatsfctv/YouTube

The attacking midfielder was named the SSE Airtricity League player of the month for June after scoring four goals in as many games – the third time he won the award.

“Everyone at St Patrick’s Athletic FC wishes Chris the best for the future and would like to thank him for his service to the club over the past three and a half years,” the club tweeted.

Forrester could be included in the Peterborough squad for Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy trip to Millwall.

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