Forinton: It's good to be back

HOWARD Forinton is pleased to be back at Banbury United.

The 33-year-old striker signed for his third spell at the club after being released by Redditch United. Forinton was top scorer in both his previous seasons with Banbury, 2004/5 and 2006/7.

And United boss Kieran Sullivan, who has seen his side slump to near the bottom of the Southern League Premier Division table, is hoping the journeyman striker can end the recent goal drought.

Forinton was one of several players released by Redditch – for whom he signed after leaving Banbury in the close season last year – as part of a clearout by the Blue Square North side.

"The deal was taken out of my hands really, they wanted some fresh faces in and they needed to free up some money," said Forinton.

"Kieran got in touch and I just wanted to get back to playing football as soon as possible really.

"I know what Banbury's all about and hopefully we can get the club moving up in the right direction."

Forinton is also looking forward to playing up front regularly again, after being deployed in central midfield by Redditch, though he had little chance to impress in his first game back, a 5-1 drubbing by Gloucester City on Tuesday.

He said: "It might take me a couple of games to get back accustomed to it, and I enjoyed it even though the result wasn't great at all."

Sullivan hopes Forinton and Nicky Gordon, who are very different players, can forge a useful partnership up front.

He said: "Hopefully he can convert the chances we have been creating but missing in the past few weeks."

Banbury, who had had five consecutive defeats - in league and cup competitions - have a tough task if they are to get back to winning ways on Saturday. They face fourth-placed Bedford Town at home.