Gaffer Duffy brought the 28-year-old to Cappielow from Dunfermline in January 2015 and has seen him flourish in his two-and-half seasons in Greenock.
Forbes has taken his game to another level this term, though, and the Ton boss believes the playmaker, who has been deployed as a right midfielder over the course of current campaign, is fully deserving of the recognition he has received.
Speaking exclusively to gmfc.net, he said: “I’m absolutely delighted for Ross, thrilled to see him nominated. He’s been outstanding all season and thoroughly deserves the accolade.
“And when it’s the PFA the players themselves always think it’s a wee bit more special because it’s the guys you’re playing against week in, week out that vote. To get that nomination is a fantastic rewards for his efforts this season.
“I think for somebody like Ross who has been really important for us since he came to the club as well and not just this season. He came in midway through the League One season and I think it’s great testimony to his level of consistency.
“There are a lot of good players in this division, some outstanding players, and a lot of others who could have easily been nominated.
“You’d expect the Hibs players to be up there in the choices, guys like [Jason] Cummings scoring the goals, [John] McGinn if a full Scotland international playing in the Championship. And [Stephen] Dobbie with the amount of goals he’s scored.
“So for Ross to be in that company, nominated alongside that group of players is fantastic recognition of his contribution and certainly merited, that’s for sure.
“To score the number of goals he has and provide the number of assists is an absolutely magnificent return. All credit to Ross for having that impact – and hopefully there’s a couple of goals left in him yet.”
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