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FOR­EST may be fling­ing money around but the key to their suc­cess this sea­son is a fella who’s been there for years.

The first time I saw Raddy Ma­jew­ski in a red shirt, he scored with 30yard bul­let in the first minute of a match against bit­ter ri­vals Derby.

That was in Au­gust 2009, and it’s fair to say the lit­tle Pole hasn’t al­ways lived up to that ex­plo­sion of early prom­ise.

There have been plenty more spec­tac­u­lar goals, a cou­ple of hat-tricks and a hand­ful of vir­tu­oso per­for­mances. But there has also been a ten­dency to lose con­cen­tra­tion, to drift out of matches when the go­ing gets tough.

Per­haps that is why Steve McClaren and Steve Cot­ter­ill never quite trusted him with any reg­u­lar­ity. Why he has been shunted from one side of mid­field to the other, and fre­quently dumped on the bench.

He isn’t your hardy seven-out-of-ten­ner. He’s ei­ther a nine or a five. But in Billy Davies, Ma­jew­ski has a man­ager who doesn’t care about the odd duff game.

“Raddy does have his off days, just like the rest of the world,” said the Scot.“But we al­low him to have a bad day be­cause he’s a tremen­dous pro­fes­sional – a tremen­dous cre­ator and po­ten­tially a great goalscorer.”

Against Bolton last week, Ma­jew­ski ran the show, find­ing gaps, spot­ting passes, pulling de­fend­ers all over the place. In the free role he has craved, he looked a class apart.

The chal­lenge now is to sus­tain that bril­liance for more than a few games. If he does, For­est have a po­ten­tial player of the year on their hands.

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