The 32-year-old made his debut for Oldham on the opening day of the 2014-15 season against Colchester United, scoring both goals in a 2-2 draw.
Some supporters were over the moon with the club’s decision to hand him a contract at Boundary Park, as they took to the confirmation on Twitter to express their delight over the signing.
@OfficialOAFC great signing! Looks very promising for the new season
— Reece Cumiskey (@RCumiskey13) August 1, 2014
Jonathan Forte has looked lively throughout pre-season. A good addition to the #oafc team.
— MENOAFC (@MENOAFC) August 1, 2014
@OfficialOAFC Happy with the Jonathan Forte signing, especially as we must have beaten off competition from Liverpool to get him.
— James Manton Howard (@themantonhoward) August 1, 2014
— Paul Taylor (@ptoafc83) August 1, 2014
@Matt_Chambers_ fantastic signing that.
— Ian McAlister (@HallamMacca) August 1, 2014
@MattLMundy but now it's official! Top signing
— Alex Le Chevalier (@alexlechevalier) August 1, 2014
Jonathan Forte started his career at Rotherham United as a schoolboy in the Academy, but opted to join the Sheffield United Academy, along with Billy Sharp after Rotherham turned him away. During his youth career he made several appearances for England at youth level.
However, the forward didn’t enjoy a very successful time of things at Bramall Lane as he went on loan twice in the 2005–06 season, to Doncaster Rovers and Rotherham United. Forte then secured a move to Scunthorpe United, where he was sent out on loan twice to Notts County.
The 32-year-old turned into a bit of a Football League countryman as he was shipped all over the place, with a permanent move to Southampton being the next step in his footballing career. But, his time at St Mary’s followed a similar pattern to before as he was loaned out to Preston, Notts County, Crawley and Sheffield United.
On the 19th of July 2014, Forte played as a trialist for Oldham Athletic against Melbourne City and featured in a match against Newcastle United. Following a successful trial, Forte signed a one-year deal with the club, with an option of a further year.
Indeed, the forward went on to score a healthy amount of goals for the Latics, including 15 goals as the club’s top scorer in his first season, but he could only manage three goals and three assists in the following campaign.
It comes as no surprise that the striker’s arrival was greeted with such delight as he helped them maintain their League One status during his first season by scoring a decent amount of goals, so Lee Johnson completed a clever piece of business by bringing him in permanently following a trial.