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Last Updated: Monday, 1 January 2007, 19:12 GMT
Forde completes Bluebirds switch
David Forde
Forde has Republic of Ireland ambitions
Derry City goalkeeper David Forde has signed for Cardiff City.

The 26-year-old from Galway passed a medical and agreed personal terms last month, but had to wait for the transfer window to open for the move.

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 near 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."

Forde enjoyed two successful years at the Brandywell.

"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) and they were very supportive.

"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."

Scotland international Alexander is established as the number one at Cardiff, but is out of contract in the summer and contract talks have currently stalled.

SEE ALSO
Alexander rejects Cardiff offer
10 Dec 06 |  Cardiff City
Forde makes Derry return
01 Sep 04 |  Irish
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24 Dec 06 |  Wales


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