Watch: People wrote Crusaders off but I knew we'd win the title back, says Forsythe
Crusaders midfielder Jordan Forsythe has gone from the terrace to the podium and has carried the enthusiasm of a fan along the way.
The 27 year-old netted eight goals during the campaign to help the Crues win their third title in four seasons and, as a boyhood supporter of the local game, getting his hands on the Gibson Cup once again was just magic.
"It means the world. I watched the Irish League as a boy so to win it again, it's brilliant." 🏆 Crusaders midfielder...Posted by Belfast Telegraph Sport on Tuesday, May 1, 2018
"As you can see with the fans, it means everything and it means everything to me too - I'm delighted," he said.
"It means the world. I watched the Irish League as a boy so to win it again, it's brilliant."
The former Lisburn Distillery and Bangor man, a winger by trade, arrived at the start of the last title-winning campaign of 15/16.
In truth, this could and should have been his third in a row since arriving at Seaview but, after last year's collapse, he never believed his side would miss out on Danske Bank Premiership glory again this season - well not until Ballymena took the lead on Saturday anyway.
"It was a typical topsy-turvy season and I thought it was going to turn into one of those seasons but we got there in the end and that's the main thing," he said.
"The team has been unbelievable this season. Loads of people wrote us off, I thought, and went 'oh the Crues will maybe flop like last year'. Inside the changing room, we knew that we had it within us to do it.
"We went 1-0 down on Saturday but we fought and got the result. I would have taken doing it anywhere but to do it here makes it a wee bit sweeter."
What he means by that, of course, is that the Ballymena Showgrounds was the site of Crusaders' penultimate game defeat last year that ultimately cost them the title. But for Philip Lowry and David Cushley's late goals this time, it could easily have been a case of de ja vu.
"It means a good bit of money coming in and going on European trips makes you feel like a professional player for a few days," continued Forsythe.
"I've played my part - I been playing midfield, left-wing, right-wing, even right-back but if I can just do my bit for the team and keep winning medals, I'm a happy man."
And with €1m set to arrive as a result of their latest title, few would bet against the Hatchetmen bringing in more silverware in the near future.
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