Foster back with batteries fully charged

Foster back with batteries fully charged

Posted on February 14, 2014 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup striker David Foster has returned to the club, after a taking a year’s sabbatical from football.

The 30-year-old took a rest from the rigors of Premier League football last season, but has hit the ground running on his return, bagging a brace to help ECU beat Joondalup United 4-2 last week in the Night Series.

“It’s great to be back, the club have been really understanding about my decision to take a year off and I can’t thank them enough. It was just to give my legs a rest and concentrate on work, but I’m glad to be back training and playing again,” explained Foster.

“Pre-season is going well, it’s going to take me a while to get into full fitness, but I’m enjoying being back with the ECU Joondalup boys, and it was nice to score a couple last week, but it was unfortunate we were knocked out on goal difference.”

Foster is enjoying working under ECU Coach Dale McCulloch, and when he last played for the club, McCulloch was the skipper, but he believes his appointment has given the whole club a lift. “Dale has been great to work with, and he expects high intensity every session. He brings a fresh more attacking brand of football, and he has a squad which has some promising youngsters and I’m excited to be a part of that,” said Foster.

Foster didn’t follow the local league at all last season, but he is looking forward to the new inaugural NPL season, and hopes to help the club push for a spot in the end of season finals. “After Dale came in last season the club held their own in the league and lost only three games. He has brought in some experience players, and like I said he has also tapped into the emerging talent we have coming through the academy,” said Foster.

“I took a backseat on local football, and didn’t follow it at all last season. I made the decision to have a clean break and I believe it’s recharged my batteries and made me hungrier to help the club to success this season. I hope I can score a few goals this season and play good consistent football and most of all stay injury free.”

Foster has represented the state on a number of occasions, played for the Derby County Academy as a youngster, and played for Sorrento, Swan IC and ECU Joondalup in the local competition. When asked about his highlight in WA football he was quick to reply. “I’ve had some great memories in football, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it,” said Foster.

“But I would say the most memorable highlight would have to be my 2004 season with Swan IC. We won the cup and I was fortunately able to win the Premier League Golden Boot award which topped off a great season for me.”