Forster is playing for keeps

Michael Bailey On-loan goalkeeper Fraser Forster was unbeatable again on Saturday - and admitted his Norwich City career may not necessarily finish at the end of the season.

Michael Bailey

On-loan goalkeeper Fraser Forster was unbeatable again on Saturday - and admitted his Norwich City career may not necessarily finish at the end of the season.

The highly-rated 21-year-old Newcastle United product produced a series of quality stops to ensure Chris Martin's sweet second-half strike was enough to earn City's 10 men all three points against Brentford at Carrow Road.

And although manager Paul Lambert has previously dismissed City's chances of turning Forster's season-long loan into an extended arrangement in the summer, the 6ft 6in keeper does see some circumstances in which he would be back at Carrow Road to keep his career progressing.

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He said: "I can see some, we'll just have to wait and see what happens. Obviously I want to kick on and make it at Newcastle, but never say never.

"If your football is going well it makes your whole life easy and if it's not going well, wherever you are, life is not great. But I'm absolutely delighted to be here.

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"It's nice just to play week in, week out. It's something I've never really done before and once you get in the team you just want to stay there and especially when you're winning. It's brilliant, there's no better feeling.

"Obviously I think I'll be back to Newcastle because I'm just playing games here and getting experience, and I've got a long term contract there, so I'll be going back and hopefully pushing for the number one - but it's not easy when there is Steve Harper there as well."

Forster is a man in demand and already has plenty of suitors, despite United manager Chris Hughton stating his promising shot stopper is not for sale. Stoke this week became the latest club to be linked with a swoop, after January moves to Tottenham and Arsenal were also mooted.

Forster acknowledged he likes the attention but would be more than happy to finish the season on loan at Norwich - and hopefully win some silverware.

He said: "It's always nice to be talked about with other clubs, especially the calibre of those, but I think I'll be here all season, which is fine by me; playing games. I'll be delighted if I'm still here at the end of the season.

"It's just important for me to try and push my career on by playing games and it's brilliant to be doing that at such a big club. I don't think it really deserves to be in League One but obviously it's nice just to be part of a winning team as well. It makes a massive difference."

Forster kept his 14th clean sheet in 25 appearances on Saturday, despite Grant Holt's reckless challenge leaving the Canaries to play with 10 men for 50 minutes.

That - and winning the game in such stirring fashion - made the victory over Brentford the best of the campaign to date.

"It was a massively important win under the circumstances and the team performed brilliantly ever since we went down to 10 men," said Forster.

"Because of going down to 10 men and the determination shown to get the three points was massive, so I'd say it's our best win of the season.

"The atmosphere was unbelievable. To have almost 25,000 here is just frightening for League One. They are absolutely amazing fans and obviously they are happy for us to go top of the league as well.

"Hopefully that's where we finish at the end of the season."

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