FOREST Green Rovers striker Christian Doidge has played down speculation linking him with a move away from the New Lawn.

And the League Two club have targeted Wotton-under-Edge goalkeeper Jamie Stephens as a possible transfer.

Oxford United were linked to Welshman Doidge last summer, but Rovers are  determined to keep hold of their crown jewel who has smashed 51 goals in two seasons.

Doidge said: “I have another year on my contract, but if you do well you will get a bit of interest, but I’m fully committed to Forest Green and I’m still a Forest Green player until I’m told otherwise, so will stay professional and do what I always do.”

Doidge feels he has proved the doubters wrong by hitting 20 plus goals at League Two level.

“51 goals in two seasons is pretty good. It’s exactly what I wanted to show when I first joined the club. I probably got some unfair criticism from other people saying I wasn’t a 20-goal a season striker and I was really glad I was able to prove to myself in the last two seasons.

“I think this year has been a real learning curve and I think we are going to be a better team for it. We know what it takes now to be successful at this level and we’re going to have a good pre-season and kick- on.”

Meanwhile, former Liverpool keeper and Forest Green fan Stephens could be on manager Mark Cooper’s radar.

Rovers are in the market for three goalkeepers after Brad Collins returned to Chelsea.

Cooper’s New Lawn keeper clearout saw Sam Russell, Cameron Belford and Harry Pickering axed, leaving just academy goalie Declan Lehmann on the books.

Stephens, 24, recently left Barnet following their relegation to the National League.

Born in Wotton-under-Edge, Stephens kicked-off his youth career with boyhood club Forest Green, but moved to Swindon Town, where he was offered a scholarship.

Premier League Liverpool came in for the teenage stopper and he penned his first pro deal at Anfield at 17, training alongside Pepe Reina. He later moved to Newport County for two years.