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A good week for Irish youngster Chris Forrester just got even better

The former St Pat’s player has signed a new long-term contract with Peterborough.

Chris Forrester was recently named as Peterborough's new captain.
Chris Forrester was recently named as Peterborough's new captain.

A GOOD WEEK for Irish youngster Chris Forrester just got even better, after Peterborough confirmed that the player has signed a new three-year contract with the club, with the option of another year.

It comes after Forrester was announced as the club’s new captain earlier in the week, having only signed from League of Ireland side St Patrick’s Athletic at the beginning of last season.

Speaking to the club’s official YouTube channel, chairman Darragh MacAnthony said:

“I took a punt on Chris last year and he took a punt on coming over because he took a pay cut when he came over, but I promised him that if he had a good season then we would look at his contract again. I get on well with his agent and we have been working on the deal in the last few days and it was easy to get it done. He is one of our most coveted assets at the football club.

Chris has been excellent for us, the gaffer has named him captain of the club and him agreeing a new deal sends a real statement out there.”

Peterborough manager Grant McCann added: “It has been a great week for Chris to be fair. He has worked extremely hard since he came over from Ireland and this is good reward for him. He has been excellent since he has joined and long may that continue.”

The 23-year-old Dubliner made 35 League One appearances in total for the Posh last season, earning a call-up to the provisional Ireland squad for the games against Switzerland and Slovakia as a result of his impressive performances at club level.

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An accomplished first season saw him earn comparisons to Man United midfielder Michael Carrick, while after one especially eye-catching display in the FA Cup against West Brom, ex-Ireland international Kevin Kilbane said: “I think he’s destined to play at a higher level.”

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