Foster Commits His Future to the Baggies
England goalkeeper Ben Foster is confident West Bromwich Albion will have an improved 2014/15 season.
The Baggies number one signed a new four-year contract with the Premier League club in the summer, and believes he has committed his future to a club very much on the up.
“When I signed here permanently, I said this is the sort of club I could see myself finishing my career at, and that’s exactly how I felt when the club said they wanted to negotiate a new contract,” he says.
“I’m delighted to have committed my future to the club and I’m looking forward to the new campaign.
“Last season wasn’t the best for the club but I’m confident things will change this time out. We've managed to get a bit of a good feeling back this summer and the bad feelings that were at the club have gone.
"With the signings we've made and with the new manager in place [Alan Irvine], we can look forward with confidence.”
The 31-year-old, who joined the Baggies permanently in 2012, also has an option for a further 12 months and is now effectively tied to WBA until 2019.
His form has also warranted a return to the international set-up and he featured for England against Costa Rica at the World Cup this summer - a far cry from this time last year when he suffered a foot injury which meant he missed the first half of the season.
“It was such a frustrating time,” he recalls. “I’d broken a bone and it took a long time to recover after the operation. I returned at Christmas and it took me a while to get up to speed again.
“But I was delighted to play for England at the World Cup and I’m excited for the new season. For a goalkeeper, there’s no better place to be than the Premier League.”