BRENTFORD fans have been told to expect a different Nicky Forster from the one they remember.
The Bees originally signed the striker from Gillingham back in 1994, and he formed a deadly partnership with Robert Taylor known as the FT Index, just missing out on leading Brentford to promotion in 1994-95.
Forster then went on to be one of a four-pronged attack, along with Taylor, Carl Asaba, and Marcus Bent , who again so nearly fired the Bees to promotion in 1996-97, before all going on to play at a higher level.
In fact, Forster’s departure for Birmingham during the run-in of that latter season is seen by fans as the point at which Brentford blew a title which has seemed theirs for the taking.
Thirteen years later, following spells at Birmingham, Reading, Hull, Ipswich and Brighton, Forster is back – but something of a different player.
Bees boss Andy Scott said: “Brentford fans will remember Nicky as a pacy young striker in his first spell at the club.
“He now a more all-rounded player, with bags of experience of playing at a higher level, and he might not be as quick as he once was, but still knows where the goal is.”
Scott has already stated that Forster’s 36 years of age matter little to him, and that he doesn’t just expect him to be a bit-part player next season.
He added: “If you look at how many goals Charlie MacDonald has scored for us in recent years, Nicky’s record over the same time compares well.
“Nicky will team up well with Charlie, but my aim is to have a squad of strikers in place who are all able to team up with each other.
“I don’t want to be scrabbling around for them like last season. I want strikers who will be the envy of other clubs, and who others will be trying to get on loan.”