Ben Foster, one of the greatest names in English goalkeeping circuit, has announced his retirement from professional football, yet again, as Ryan Reynolds owned side AFC Wrexham has announced. Foster had come out of his retirement to enhance Wrexham’s chances of promotion.
Ben Foster announces retirement
Ben Foster has been one of the pivotal names in the English football circuit, over last few decades. In a career which amassed more than 20 years, we have witnessed him playing for several clubs, with his debut dating back in 2001, when he first stood under the goal for Stoke City. Since then, Foster has been one of the trustworthy custodians to be vouched by several clubs, including Manchester United. He has had eight caps for the England National Team, and was considered one of the modern day greats in that position. Owing to his exploits under the goal which involved the duties of thwarting attacks from the opposition and clearance of the ball, he was dubbed as one of the biggest stars. Foster was playing for Watford, before retiring for them, and eventually, came out from sabbatical to join AFC Wrexham, to enhance their promotion to the Football League, in March.
Foster had joined the club for a second stint, after playing a loan spell 18 years before, in 2005, and have played out 12 fixtures, including four this season. Last game he played was a tantalizing stalemate against Swindon Town, as Wrexham drew 5-5 with them, but despite being 10 weeks old in his contract, the 40-year old star has decided to call time upon a stellar career.
“Now is the right time”
Ben said in his official statement that he was not impressed with his performance, and that led to his decision of hanging up his gloves. He was heard speaking, “The honest truth is that my performances this season haven’t reached the level I demand of myself, and I feel that now is the right time to retire. At the forefront of my mind, when making this decision, was not only what was best for me but also the Club, and making the decision now gives the Club every opportunity to assess their options before the [transfer] window closes.”
He further added, “Wrexham will always have a special place in my heart.”
Foster first hung up his boots in September, when he retired from Watford, as his contract expired with them, before the club getting relegated to Championship. But, this year, he made a remarkable U-turn to bolster Wrexham’s chances of making in to the League, and had achieved in doing so.
AFC Wrexham has expressed their gratitude for their legendary keeper as manager Phil Parkinson said, “Ben has been the model professional while at Wrexham and has done everything we have asked of him. It takes a big person to make the decision he has and one who really understands this Football Club, with the timing of his decision. I am sure I speak for everyone, when thanking him for his contribution that went far beyond that one magnificent penalty save against Notts County to help us gain promotion last season.”
He added, “Wrexham AFC was a better place for having Ben Foster around the Club.”