Forrester can tear up some trees
PUBLISHED: 13:45 17 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:21 24 August 2010
By Ben Kosky IF he goes on to become a professional, teenage defender Adam Forrester will hope he has already used up his quota of bad luck. Forrester is only 13, but has already spent the best part of a year sidelined by injury and is currently out of ac
By Ben Kosky
IF he goes on to become a professional, teenage defender Adam Forrester will hope he has already used up his quota of bad luck.
Forrester is only 13, but has already spent the best part of a year sidelined by injury and is currently out of action with a broken toe.
But once the fracture heals, Forrester (pictured) can go on to achieve great things at QPR, according to Pro Touch Soccer Academy director Ash Rahman.
The youngster was one of the earliest recruits when the Westminster and Camden-based Academy was established in 2007 and was drafted into Rangers' under-14 squad earlier this summer.
"Adam's been through a very difficult time with injury," said Rahman. "He wasn't injured as such, but he was undergoing a growth spurt that caused problems with his lower back.
"From that he developed a leg injury, then a chest infection and he wasn't able to train or play for more than six months - but he kept focused and stayed positive.
"I've got a lot of expectations for Adam and I think he could be potentially an England schoolboy, that's how highly I rate him. He's certainly good enough to be at an Academy club.
"Adam's very loyal - Charlton and Reading were very keen, but once he'd said he was going to QPR, he stuck with it, even when he had a chance to go to Arsenal for a trial. As an Arsenal fan, it wasn't easy to say no to that."
Forrester, who can play at centre-back or full-back, was part of the Pro Touch squad that reached the semi-finals of the prestigious Dana Cup youth tournament in Denmark earlier in the summer.
And, although the youngster is currently wearing an air boot after an X-ray revealed he had been playing with a broken metatarsal for several months, he should return to action before the end of October.
Another two members of the PTSA squad - midfielder Keanu Williams and striker Michael Acheampong, both from Westminster, have been on trial recently with Watford and Norwich City respectively.
Pro Touch are holding their next round of trials from January 10 to 15, 2009 and anyone interested should log on to www.protouchsocceracademy.com for more details and an application form.