Brogan aims to fire FGR to the top

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS: New FGR signing Stephen Brogan Picture: Shane Healey

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS: New FGR signing Stephen Brogan Picture: Shane Healey

First published in Sport Stroud News and Journal: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

NEWCOMER Stephen Brogan insists his stunning impact can help fire Forest Green into the Football League.

The diminutive Rotherham-born 24-year-old midfielder helped give David Hockaday’s side the cutting edge when he stepped off the bench at Macclesfield as an 80th-minute substitute and fired in a winner in the third minute of stoppage time to help Rovers leapfrog the former League Two outfit into second spot in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

Brogan, who joined Rovers on a one-year deal from Guiseley last week said: "I couldn't wish for anything better to start with, but my game is about getting goals from midfield and the gaffer (David Hockaday) had told me to win the game for him.”

Brogan quickly endeared himself to the fans after his exuberant celebration sparked scenes of unbridled joy amongst the Green Army. He said: "I was buzzing just to come on and make my debut, so to score the winning goal in the last minute was an amazing feeling.”

He believes Rovers are now well set for a Football League push and is confident he can play a pivotal role in the promotion chase.

“We'll definitely be pushing for promotion. We've got a great squad and if we don’t get that automatic spot we’ll be in the play-offs, I’m confident we can get into the League.”

Brogan feels a victory over Lincoln in the televised clash at the New Lawn on Friday will see Rovers sitting at the top of the table.

He added: "If we can win against Lincoln on Friday I'm sure we'll be top of the league.”

Brogan scored 11 times in 36 games for Stalybridge in 2011/12, before trialling at Southend over the summer and moving to Guiseley this term – the West Yorkshire club missed out on promotion to the Blue Square Bet National last season in the play-off game against Hyde.

He signed his first professional contract with Rotherham in 2005, made 64 senior appearances for the club and was touted as a serious Premier League prospect, before injury and a change of manager disrupted his progress.

He moved to Alfreton Town in the Conference National on transfer deadline day in the summer of 2011 before shifting to Stalybridge to play alongside current Forest Green player Phil Marsh.

Rovers’ manager David Hockaday said: "Stephen is a very talented footballer with a good pedigree – he’s been at Rotherham and was part of the latest England C squad alongside Kieron Forbes, Eddie Oshodi and Jamie Turley.”

Forest Green welcome Lincoln City to the New Lawn on Friday, 7.45pm.

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