Forest Around the World - Australia

In this new series we will look at Forests connections with various countries around the world, whether that be players from there,or our former players moving and plying their trade there. In the first of this series we will look at Australia.

The connections with this country are as varied and wide as some others will be when we gtto them, like France or Holland. However there are some connections.

David Tarka

Born in Perth and signed from home town club Perth Glory in 2003 by Paul HArt, he was a highly regarded young central defender. At the time he was involved withthe Australian U-20 team and went on to play twice for the Socceroo's full team, admittedly against Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.
Tarka never really made the grade at Forest. He never made a first team appearance, and when in the midst of a central defence crisis, instead of staying at the club to earn a place, he instead went to the Olympics toplay for his country. Had he stayed he certainly would have played. Instead Jams Perch made his debut and went on to be a stalwart for a few years before he left the club.
Tarka returned to Perth to play for Glory in the reformed A-League. in 2009he was released after injury problems, never fulfilling the promise he hadshown as a youngster.

Gareth Edds

Edds came from the Australian Institute for Sport direct to Forest. He made his debut in the 1999/2000 season under David Platt in the Championship. He was able to play as full back or in midfield. In that season he played twice. The next season he played 13 times in the league scoring once. And the following season he played once as a sub before leaving the club for Swindon Town.
After Swindon he went to Bradford and then on to Milton Keynes Dons where he spent several years,before transferring to Tranmere. After two years on Merseyside he moved back to Australia to play for new side North Queensland Fury, based in Townsville.He even went to captain the side. His future is uncertain after the Fury disbanded last week amid financial troubles. He never represented Australia as a full international, but did at junior and Under 21 level.

Eugene Dadi

This one may surprise a few people to see on this list. Ivory Coast born Dadi was somewhat of a journeyman before Megson signed him for Forest in 2005.Having played in France, Austria and Scotland, he had a short stint with the Reds, playing just 6 times. That was probably 6 times too many as he was quite a limited player. Admittedly in a poor team, where Megson led us to the brink of the relegation zone in League One.
After Forest, and a loan spell with Notts County, he spent a short time playing in Israel before signing for Perth Glory. He spent a couple of years in Western Australia before setting off on his travels again,via New Zealand ending up now in Indonesia.
He had one cap for the Ivory Coast won in 2000.