Kieron Forbes moves to Forest Green Rovers

Dynamic midfielder Kieron Forbes has today signed for Blue Square Premier club Forest Green Rovers.

With consistently outstanding performances since he signed from Watford two seasons ago it is of little surprise that he has caught the eye of a number of full time professional clubs and recently that interest has intensified. Very understandably Kieron has always expressed a strong desire to play full time football and further develop his career in the game so this move will tick all the boxes and he will sign for the Gloucestershire based Conference outfit today.

David Hockaday, Rover’s Manager, has previous links with the player and was Watford’s under 18’s coach when Forbes was a member of the Hornets Academy set up.

Forbes, 20, who has recently completed a one hundred appearance milestone for Wealdstone and a deal that includes a fee and sell-on clause has been agreed between the two clubs. He becomes yet another young player to progress from the Wealdstone FC talent development conveyor belt following the likes of Jermaine Beckford, Graeme Montgomery and Carl Martin who have all moved on to the full time pro ranks in recent seasons.

Stones manager Gordon Bartlett said: ‘I am disappointed to lose him because not only is he a good player but he is also a genuine character who has been an important part of our squad for the last two years. This has been a very difficult situation that has been going on for about six weeks. Kieron was coming to the end of his contract and was desperate for the chance to go back to full time football and I felt we could not stand in his way. As with all our young players, we try to help their careers and give them the platform to go on to bigger and better things and purely on Kieron’s attitude and commitment he has given us over the last two and a half seasons, he deserves this opportunity. We are all sad to see him go but he has been an absolute pleasure to work with and we will all have very positive memories of his time with us. We all wish him every success and look forward to seeing him in the future.

Wealdstone Chairman Howard Krais said: ‘We certainly didn’t want to see Kieron leave but we believe it is right we do not stand in the way of young players who have a chance to make their way in the full time game. Moves like this encourage other young players who want to get back into the pro game to come to Wealdstone and I’m sure that Kieron won’t be the last Wealdstone player to go full time.”