After a promising start Harry Forrester’s Doncaster Rovers career would ultimately end with a whimper.
The forward departed the Keepmoat two months into the reign of Darren Ferguson having managed only two substitute appearances under the club’s new boss.
And as Forrester prepares to return to town this afternoon with current employers AFC Wimbledon, Ferguson believes the 27-year-old would be much more suited to playing for Rovers now than he was when he left.
Back in the 2015/16 season Rovers were embroiled in an ultimately unsuccessful battle against relegation from League One.
While he deemed other players more suited to the battle two years ago, Ferguson is confident Forrester would fit into the more free-flowing side he has today.
“H has got so much talent but he just didn’t get enough games for me,” Ferguson said.
“The opportunity came up for him and we had the conversation. He just needed to play football, the boy.
“He went up to Scotland and did ever so well.
“There is no doubting his talent or ability.
“I just didn’t get enough time to work with the boy.
“At that time it was safe to say we weren’t in the right situation.
“He’d probably be better with us now, if you know what I mean.
“Now there’s a bit more fluency to us and a bit more confidence.
“At that point we had other players that I felt should play.
“It’s just one of those things. It was nothing against Harry.
“We left on very good terms and when he comes back I’ll wish him all the best.
“And then we’ll kick lumps out of him.”
Forrester has managed 37 appearances and three goals this season for Wimbledon, whom he joined following his release by Scottish giants Rangers last summer.
He played a key role in helping Rangers back into the Scottish Premiership after leaving Rovers in January 2016 but struggled for consistent game time with the Glasgow side back in the top flight.
Forrester – who made 66 appearances in two-and-a-half years for Rovers –has started five out of the last six games for Wimbledon.