George Forrest, one of the most popular forwards ever too boot the ball for the Bethlehem Steel F. C., will shortly be back to the fold of the national champions, it was learned today. In fact, the popular Forrest will be signed up to take part in one of the two games to be played over the weekend, and quite likely will make his debut as a Bethlehem player in the game against Newark on Lehigh Field on Saturday afternoon.
Forrest joined the club several seasons ago and was assigned tot he outside right position. The former Steel Worker displayed plenty of speed and goal shooting ability, but lacked consistency in form. However, when on his game Forrest ranked as one of the best front liners in the country.
Apparently the position was one not best adapted to the makeup of the speedy front liners and when he returned it will be for the position in which he is best suited. Released by Bethlehem, Forrest went back to his home in Canada. He signed with Toronto, a club in dire straits for an inside forward. And that is the position in which Forrest is apparently at home and will play when the returns to the Bethlehem team.
Word received here of the sensational exploits of the former Bethlehem player were received here with the result that scouts were dispatched to the Dominion to take tabs on his play. Returning with the stamp of approval and heralding Forrest as a great inside forward, negotiations were immediately opened for his services and successfully concluded this week. The return of Forrest will certainly be strongly approved by Bethlehem fans.
The need of a capable player to alternate in positions is evident by the many twin bills to be played and the strength apparent in the opposition. The result of the first three rounds in the league race is clearly evident that instead of the usual select set of three or four clubs, merit is equally distributed and the league is boasting one of the best balanced circuits ever. A glance at the win and loss column which discloses a defeat for every team in the league with the exception of Bethlehem is self explanatory of the makeup of the clubs comprising the circuit.
Bethlehem's first task in its hopes to keep the lost column clean will be on Lehigh Field on Saturday afternoon when Newark comes here for the second meting of these clubs this season . The Jerseymen are a highly improved team over that of last year and are still adding to their squad in bring the club to even greater strength. On Sunday the Bethlehems meet the Brooklyn Wanderers on the latter field and will have their first opportunity of appearing against the club that is greatly strengthened by the addition of several of the former Hakoah players.