Footballer-turned-YouTuber Ben Foster comes OUT of retirement to sign for Ryan Reynolds’ Wrexham – just a month after Tottenham failed to bring him in as cover for Hugo Lloris… with 39-year-old returning to the Welsh side 18 years after leaving
- Ben Foster has signed with non-league side Wrexham until the end of the season
- Tottenham wanted to sign the goalkeeper after Hugo Lloris picked up an injury
- Foster labelled his previous spell at Wrexham as ‘the springboard for his career’
Ben Foster has come out of retirement to sign for Wrexham until the end of the season in a stunning swoop for the National League leaders.
His move comes just a month after Tottenham failed to lure Foster to north London as cover for injured goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
The former Premier League star, who carved out fruitful spells at Manchester United, Birmingham, West Brom and Watford, will return to the Welsh side for the first time in 18 years, having previously played there on loan in 2005.
Since his initial retirement, the 39-year-old star has hosted ‘Fozcast – The Ben Foster Podcast’, which boasts 175,000 YouTube subscribers, and will now team up with Hollywood owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney at The Racecourse Ground.
Upon signing for the club, Foster said: ‘I’m over the moon. I’ve been at the Club an hour this morning and it seems a really nice place. Everyone is down to earth and the manager’s top class.
Goalkeeper Ben Foster has come out of retirement to sign for National League side Wrexham
He will now team up with Hollywood owners Ryan Reynolds (left) and Rob McElhenney (right)
He hosts ‘Fozcast – The Ben Foster Podcast’, which now boasts 175,000 YouTube subscribers
‘It’s changed a lot since I was last here, but it’s nice to be back and it’s nice to be back as a player too. It will be interesting to see how my body feels after training today! I’m looking forward to getting started.
‘The first time I was here, it was genuinely the springboard to the rest of my career – on the back of the loan move, playing in the LDV Vans Trophy Final at the Millennium Stadium, I got my move to Manchester United at the start of the next season. It was absolutely bonkers!
‘If you’d told me 18 years ago that I’d have gone on to have the career that I have had, I probably wouldn’t have believed you to be honest so I do owe a lot to Wrexham.’
Foster has been without a club since the end of last season, when he left Watford following the Hornets’ relegation from the Premier League.
Spurs’ attempt to coax Foster out of retirement last month was blocked by the Premier League under their current rules.
In certain circumstances, clubs are able to register players outside of the transfer window – and require special dispensation to do so.
More to follow.
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