Ben Foster has announced his retirement from professional football. The veteran himself announced the retirement decision on the podcast. His contribution as a goalkeeper to multiple teams has never been in doubt.
In fact, the 39-year-old plied his trade as a goalkeeper most notably for English-based domestic football club, West Bromwich Albion. He kick-started his professional career in 2001 with Stoke City, having shifted his base from Racing Club Warwick.
The goalie has represented England on eight occasions, something which he will be proud of playing for the country. The veteran further added that he had actually been presented a tempting offer by Newcastle United to join the club as a backup for the injured Karl Darlow.
Ben Foster announces his retirement
Needless to say, the Leamington Spa-born wasn’t really convinced with the deal as he wants to be with his family based in the Midlands. The experienced man who also played for Manchester United in his career, was a free agent having parted ways with Watford in the summer after four years.
“Deep down I didn’t want to do it [turn down Newcastle]. It sounds mad and it’s such a hard thing to explain because there’ll be millions of people up and down the country that will say ‘you’ve just been offered a contract, a really good contract, by the richest team in the world to go and be second-choice goalkeeper and be part of something,” Foster told his podcast, The Cycling GK.
Official. Watford, West Bromwich and Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster has announced his retirement from football. 🚨👋🏻 #transfersAdvertisement
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 15, 2022
Foster started his career at Stoke City. However, he didn’t represent the team in the first place. However, it was during a loan stint at Wrexham, Sir Alex Ferguson was impressed with his abilities and as a result, he brought him to Old Trafford in 2005. He spent 5 years at Man United where he accomplished two League Cup honours. Nonetheless, he was utilised as a second-choice goalie.
legend of the game
— george (@StokeyyG2) September 15, 2022Advertisement
Thanks big Fab, we’re coming over to Milan soon for a Fozcast Ep 👏
— Ben Foster (@BenFoster) September 15, 2022Advertisement
— benja🇦🇷 (@CFC_benja193) September 15, 2022Advertisement
What he did when he earned £5k a week at Manchester United… 😂 pic.twitter.com/syTI51cnMi
— Edu (@brainxxz) September 15, 2022Advertisement
Wonder if he will spend his retirement wasting as much time as he did against @SpursOfficial 😜
— Steve O (@_st3ve_o) September 15, 2022Advertisement
Look forward to him gifting Callum Best with a scoring opportunity from a miss kicked clearance in Soccer Aid.
— Howie Gosling (@Howgozza) September 15, 2022Advertisement
Did he not sign for any other club in the transfer window?
— Sayali 🇦🇷 🇧🇷 🏴 Simply Emery (@marathesayu) September 15, 2022Advertisement
Congrats to Ben Foster on his retirement; That's a win cos not everyone gets to retire at will, he's made his mark in football. May this be the beginning of something exceptional for him. Wishing him nothing but the best as he retires, & good luck to all the clubs he played for.
— Daniel Regha (@DanielRegha) September 15, 2022Advertisement
He played for three teams at once?
— Fredrik (@F_Edits) September 15, 2022Advertisement
First Federer now Foster, a lad can only handle so much in one day
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