It seems that the influence of Wrexham co-owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney has had an impact, as Ben Foster is said to be nearing a new contract with the club.
After coming out of retirement in March, the ex-England and Manchester United goalkeeper played a significant role in Wrexham‘s return to League Two after a 15-year absence. Foster’s crucial penalty save in the 97th minute secured a 3-2 victory against title contenders Notts County in April, leaving uncertainty about his future beyond the current season.
After Wrexham’s extravagant promotion celebration in Las Vegas, negotiations were planned, and according to TEAMtalk, these discussions have been fruitful, with an imminent agreement for a new contract. The report indicates that Dragons manager Phil Parkinson is keen on retaining Foster’s services, recognizing the value of his extensive experience, which will greatly benefit the team as they strive for consecutive promotions.
Ben Foster talks about his admiration of Wrexham
Asked about the club’s summer transfer strategy and the possibility of Foster renewing, McElhenney recently told S4C: “I know for a fact he [Foster] feels like we have a very strong side. No decision we have made over the last two years hasn’t kept the future in mind. We never make a short-term decision. Any player that we sign, we sign from at least a three year deal – expect for one. He’s the guy we are going to work on. Other than that, I think we have a really strong side and if Phil says we need someone else, then we will do our best to go out and get them.”
Reynolds, who joked that Foster was “a young kid” and was ready to keep playing, added: “I’m also weirdly happy for him to do exactly what he wants to do with his life, because he has given up so much for a sport that he loves – but it is fun though. I like that we can kind of do some stuff that is a little outside the box of convention when it comes to goofing around.”
As transfer speculations continue in the background, Parkinson will focus on readying his team for a pre-season tour of the United States. During the tour, they will face formidable opponents such as Chelsea and Manchester United, providing valuable preparation and testing opportunities for the squad.