'Massive' duo put pen to paper on new deals
MIDFIELDERS Kieron Forbes and Yan Klukowski have signed extended contracts at Forest Green.
Forbes is now contracted until the end of the 2014/15 campaign, while last season's top scorer Yan Klukowski has been tied down for the next two seasons.
Both men were pivotal to Rovers' tenth-placed finish in the Blue Square Bet Premier last term, with Forbes impressing enough to get called up to England non-League squad.
Attacking midfielder Klukowski netted 18 goals to catch the attention of several rival clubs, and Rovers boss Dave Hockaday is pleased to have secured two of his prize assets on long-term deals.
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Hockaday said: "This is big news for Forest Green.
"Yan and Kieron were massive for us last season and will continue to be important players as we look towards the Football League.
"This club has got big ambitions, and that means hanging on to your best players as well as bringing in quality additions to the team."
Forbes joined Rovers from Ryman Premier side Wealdstone on non-contract terms in December 2010, having come through the Watford academy under Hockaday's tutelage.
He has since become one of the New Lawn's most consistent performers, capable of playing both the holding and attacking midfield roles.
Earlier this month he played 65 minutes for the England C international team in Russia, when a home side featuring players with Champions League experience ran out 4-0 winners.
Chippenham-born Klukowski was brought back to UK shores in the summer of 2010 after a spell in the United States, where he was on a scholarship at Central Connecticut University and played professionally for Western Mass Pioneers.
The former Bath City and Chippenham Town man's versatility and eye for goal have been huge assets to Hockaday, although Rovers should be less reliant on his scoring prowess next term following the arrivals of four new forwards in Magno Vieira, Phil Marsh, Ben Wright and Omar Koroma.