Forde Ready To Motor

David Forde says he has thoroughly enjoyed working with David James - and insists he is prepared and willing to be on the bench at Sheffield United on Saturday if required.

"I wish Jamo all the best; he was England's number one and he has been there and done that," says David, a £60,000 signing from Barry Town, then managed by Kenny Brown, under Glenn Roeder.

"It has been unbelievable to work with him and growing up as a young lad I always looked up to David James - to work with him has been like a dream come true.

"It doesn't happen often that you get the chance to work with people like that, so it has been great.

"I think he will do well in the Premiership just as he has at every club he has been at - he has also done well for England as well and it is pity he has left.

"The fact he still got picked in the first division shows that Sven will still choose players from there."

Eire U21 international David has had only limited opportunities in the second team, and spent a three month spell with Derry City last season to get first team experience, and he adds:

"It has been frustrating but it has also been a great apprenticeship, if you want to call it that, for the last two years, playing reserve games.

"I suppose my breaks haven't come along, though with Jamo going you don't know what the manager is thinking of doing.

"I expect Stephen will play on Saturday but, as football is a funny old game, you don't know what will happen."

As for his future - his contract runs out in the summer - he says:

"I don't really know what it is because the manager has been busy since he came and I haven't really had a chance to talk to him.

"I will just have to wait and see what happens and if anyone else comes in."

As for the possibility of playing at the weekend, he adds:

"I am ready and waiting and eager to go - I would really look forward to getting on the bench for the first time, so fingers crossed."

And he is backing Steve Bywater to do well if he steps into the breach on Saturday, concluding:

"Stephen has played at U21 level for England and in the Premiership so he knows the ins and outs of it - and I am sure he will do a very good job."