Jonathan Forte is an English/Barbadian striker who was born in Sheffield on 25th July 1986. As a youngster, Forte started his career at his local side Rotherham, but soon made the switch to nearby Sheffield United. He made his professional debut for The Blades in an FA Cup tie at Nottingham Forest, where he replaced Paul Peschisolido as a second half substitute.
Forte remained a fringe player for United, making most of his appearances coming off the bench. During the 2005/06 season he had two successful loan spells at Doncaster and former club Rotherham, scoring four goals at both sides. The next season he spent the whole campaign on loan at Donny, and scored after just 43 seconds in the club's 3-2 Football League Trophy victory against Bristol Rovers.
Forte signed for newly promoted Championship side Scunthorpe in July 2007. He made 40 appearances in the 2007/08 season for The Iron, many of which were as a substitute. He scored his first goal for Nigel Adkins side on October 6th 2007 in a 3-1 home defeat to Watford.
The following season he had a very successful loan spell at Notts County, scoring 4 goals in as many games. That was during the back end of 2008. He had a second loan spell at Meadow Lane starting in February 2009, netting a further 4 goals for The Magpies. He ended the season back at Scunthorpe, playing the last 10 minutes of their League One play off final victory over Millwall.
Forte spent the entire 2009/10 season at Glanford Park. Once again, he was in and out of the side. He scored in thumping wins at Crystal Palace and Derby. He also netted against Premiership opposition, scoring Scunny's only goal in their 5-1 loss at Manchester City in the League Cup. Forte made his international debut that campaign, lining up for Barbados in a 1-0 win over Dominica.
Forte made a good start to the 2010/11 season for Scunthorpe, netting early strikes against Oldham and Crystal Palace. The goals soon dried up however, and he was back on the Scunthorpe bench shortly after manager Nigel Adkins departed for Southampton. He regained his starting place at Glanford Park just before his January deadline day move to Southampton, where he linked up with Adkins again. The Saints chief cited Forte's pace as his main asset, something his strike force had lacked previously.
Forte made his Saints debut coming on as a late sub for Lee Barnard in a 4-4 draw at Peterborough in February 2011. He played his first home game a week later, replacing Dany N'Guessan for the last 10 minutes against Carlisle. He had a golden opportunity in the dying minutes in a match against Yeovil to open his account for the club, but missed a one on one with the keeper. Forte scored a brace shortly after coming off the bench on April 2nd against MK Dons. Saints had been 2-0 down before he levelled the score with two strikes in as many minutes. Despite that impressive performance, Forte struggled for playing time in the closing weeks of the campaign, but did put on a spirited display at Rochdale after coming off the bench at half time in a 2-0 defeat on April 12th.
Forte made a decent impression during the 2011/12 close season, scoring a superb goal in a friendly at Yeovil on July 30th. After just a handful of Carling Cup apperances Forte joined Preston on loan in November 2011. His one month stay at Deepdale was pretty uneventful. Forte made his first and only league appearance for Saints on January 2nd when injury struck. He could do little to stop a Brighton side who had a one-man advantage however. In January Forte returned to Notts County on loan for a few months. He scored 5 goals for the Meadow Lane club, including an impressive hatrick against eventual League 1 champions Charlton on 10th March 2012.
On 17th August 2012 Forte joined Crawley on loan for three months. He scored on his debut against former club Scunthorpe, but failed to hold down a regular spot in the starting eleven, despite netting further goals against Notts County and Walsall. Forte Returned to Staplewood in November, scoring in a 3-1 U21 win at Stoke. He played in further development matches before returning to home town club Sheffield United in another temporary transfer. Forte was in and out of the play-off chasing side. He scored his only goal of the loan stint in a 2-0 win at Bury on February 12th 2013.