Foster pens new Albion deal

Last Updated: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:36
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England goalkeeper Ben Foster has signed a new four-year deal with West Brom, the club have announced.

The 31-year-old former Manchester United keeper, who joined the Baggies permanently from Birmingham in 2012, also has an option for a further 12 months and is now effectively tied to the Hawthorns outfit until 2019.

Foster has just returned from the World Cup where he won his eighth cap in the 0-0 draw with Costa Rica and said he always hoped to put pen to paper on a new Baggies deal.

He said: "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.

"It was something I wanted to get sorted as soon as possible. I'm very happy here. It was a very obvious and easy decision for me and my family."

Head coach Alan Irvine was delighted with the development, saying it was "magnificent" news for Albion.

He added on the club's website: "This is fantastic news for everyone connected with the club as Ben's an extremely important player for us - both on and off the pitch.

"He's a great personality, a great character and leads by example. This is a magnificent signing for the club. Ben is one of the best keepers in the country, which he showed when he played really well for England against Costa Rica at the World Cup.

"Ben is extremely professional, which is infectious in training, as he demands high standards of himself and others."

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