Speaking for the first time since the collapse of his move to Bolton Wanderers, Christian Doidge says he's happy to be enjoying his football again after being nominated for League Two player of the month.

Doidge has netted three goals in January since returning to the New Lawn.

His brace against Grimsby Town and his clincher against Stevenage have helped Rovers climb to fourth in League Two and make him Rovers' joint top scorer for the season with seven goals alongside Reuben Reid.

Doidge has slotted back in brilliantly since he returned and he's been pleased to have made an impact in Forest Green's promotion push.

“Forest Green is a club that I love playing for and I moved on and had to come back but it feels like I never left,” he said.

“The boys have been doing really well in my absence and it has been good to be back involved in the squad.

“I wanted to get that first goal early, it’s important to get it as quick as you can and get some game time and some chances has been nice."

“Two goals came in the game against Grimsby. For the first one, Shep (Liam Shephard) has done well down the wing, he’s managed to cross the ball to me and I couldn’t really miss it. We spoke to each other before the game and I was explaining how I want my crosses and that is exactly how I wanted it.

“The second goal is something I was speaking to Pat Mountain about, with a wall and gambling in the centre of the goal, and it’s dropped to me and I was able to put us up 2-0 at half time but I was angry I didn’t get my hat-trick.

“We didn’t' have much of the ball against Stevenage and it was a difficult game but we had a lot of chances and one dropped to me and I was happy with that.

“I’m playing in a side that is creating chances for me and it’s what I’m all about.

“Getting on the scoresheet makes me feel so good, so it good to be scoring again and enjoying my football.”

Doidge won the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month award in December 2017 and is the third Rovers player to be up for the award this season, following Reece Brown in October and George Williams in December, when FGR boss Mark Cooper was also in the frame for the manager of the month award.

FGR’s number nine is up against Carlisle striker Hallam Hope, Yeovil centre back Tom James and Bury midfielder Jay O’Shea for the award.

The winners will be announced on Friday, February 8, with the judging panel comprising of Sky Sports’ EFL expert Don Goodman; League Managers’ Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet EFL Trader Ivor Davies.