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Ben Foster: reflecting on retirement and Wrexham journey

Ben Foster, the former Wrexham goalkeeper, recounted the highs and lows of his career as a footballer while enjoying a round of golf.

In the most recent episode of Tubes and Ange Golf Life, Foster shared his experiences witnessing Wrexham’s promotion from the National League in the 2022/23 season and discussed his decision to retire early this season.

The former goalkeeper believed that it was the appropriate moment to call time on his football career.

Ben Foster wasn’t happy with his performances from last season

Foster said: I feel good. It’s a big weight off my shoulders. Don’t get me wrong, Wrexham was unreal. What a town, owners, fans, players, coaches, staff – it’s got everything.

“I know for a fact they’re going to go on to bigger and better things. But I just got to the point where I didn’t feel that I could do the team justice. I felt like my legs had slowed down, my sharpness, my spring, my reflexes.

“I felt I’d let too many goals in that I knew I should have been saving. When I got to that point I felt I was letting my team-mates down. I can’t do that, I can’t look at myself in the mirror. It’s the right decision, there’s no shame in it.

“I’m 40 years old and it’s natural that you’re going to slow down. So there we go, back to being a retired footballer again. Plenty more golf!”

Wrexham swiftly secured a successor for Foster in the form of Arsenal prospect Arthur Okonkwo, who marked his debut for the Red Dragons on Tuesday evening in the EFL Cup.

Thus, Foster will be remembered in Wrexham’s history as the goalkeeper who guided them out of the National League, and it’s probable that Red Dragons owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney will ensure the 40-year-old makes a return to the stands at the Racecourse Ground this season.

The retired footballer will relish his retirement, indulging in plenty of golfing after a long and illustrious career that included representing his country, competing in the Premier League, and witnessing Wrexham’s promotion, among other achievements.

Russell Murray
Russell Murray
Russell Murray is a passionate football journalist whose heart beats to the rhythm of the beautiful game. With an insatiable appetite for all things football, Russell is always seeking to capture the essence of the sport. Also, he strongly believes that Guti and Diego Milito never received the recognition they deserved for their contributions to football.
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