BY JOSHUA MINCHIN
Marcus Forss reckons the new four-year deal he signed with Brentford in the summer has only helped his efforts for AFC Wimbledon since arriving on loan.
The Finnish U21 international did not score in Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Portsmouth but has netted seven times already for the League One outfit.
He said: “Signing that four year deal is massive for me. It means that Brentford trust me, and coming here knowing that this team trusts me as well is a massive boost for my confidence – you can see that out on the pitch, I’m really enjoying myself.”
“It’s a great team to come into. It’s my job to put the goals in but I thank the team for giving me the chances to do that too.
“We had been performing well, but didn’t get the results. We knew if we kept going the results would come”
When asked about his relationship with strike partner Joe Pigott, the on-loan Bees frontman said: “He’s a massive help for me. I’m new to League One and he’s been here a couple of years already. He’s given me a lot of confidence and just tells me to do my thing – we work off each other and it’s a fantastic partnership.”
Forss, whose grandfather Rainer made several senior appearances for the national side, recently turned down U21 international football for his native Finland to focus on getting his loan club out of the relegation zone.
“Obviously it’s a dream of mine to play for country, but at the moment it’s U21 football,” he explained. “We talked to the U21 manager and we had discussions here and there, but the best decision was to stay here – obviously it was great scoring my first professional hat-trick [in a 4-1 win at Southend.
“Obviously it’s a dream of mine to play for my country, but at the moment it’s U21 football.”
Forss was not daunted by the decision to move to England aged just 13 to join West Bromwich Albion’s academy.
“It was the right decision to come to England for my career and it was a sacrifice I was willing to make to become a footballer – it’s worked so far,” he said.