HAVING represented his country at basketball, hot-shot Forest Green striker Christian Doidge wants to catch the eye of new Wales football boss Ryan Giggs.

Doidge has been red-hot this season, plundering 19 goals in 35 matches and the Newport-born striker hopes his work ethic will one day be rewarded with a Welsh cap .

He said: "That's why I'm playing. I'd love to have a Wales cap, that's all I want to achieve in my career. There's a lot of hard work to get to that point and I've just got to keep scoring goals and see where it takes me."

With the January transfer window due to close next week, Doidge,25, remains focused on Forest Green despite media reports linking him to a move to Championship outfit Cardiff City.

Doidge added: "I don't think any kind of interest would stop me performing on a Saturday anyway. I've just got to keep going and my future at Forest Green is until; well I've got two years left so I'm here for a long time.

"(The January transfer window) is something I don't really think about, I just concentrate on Forest Green Rovers."

Doidge is keen to build on his new strike partnership with Reuben Reid and he feels the signings in January have brought in added know-how.

"We've got very good players and a lot of experience in the squad now which is really going to help us. We've got to keep plugging away and keep going to games trying to get the three points and hopefully go on a run.

"Reuben (Reid) has had a hell of a career, a lot better career than I have so I am always asking him all kind of pointers. It's really good to play alongside someone like that and I hope our relationship keeps growing."

Doidge believes Rovers are firing on all cylinders after an emphatic 5-2 victory over Cambridge United last weekend.

"It's a good feeling. A lot of people are firing at the moment and we have got to keep rolling and keep the momentum going."

"I thought we were brilliant on Saturday. All the new signings did really well as well which is always a bonus and I can't remember the last time we scored five goals in a game."

Doidge is anticipating a tough game at Keith Curle’s Carlisle on Saturday.

"We'll know a lot about them when we go up there and it's going to be a tough game. It's a long way, it's a lot of travelling and they're a good side with a lot of experienced pros."

"We're going up to Carlisle tomorrow (Saturday) ready and prepared, so there are no excuses."