Simmo Needs Jigsaw Piece – Who Is Luke Foster
Former Sheffield Wednesday, Oxford United, Mansfield Town, Stevenage, York City, Rotherham and Alfreton centre-half Luke Foster was released by League 1 side Preston North End in May, he has been with Lincoln since training began. Another ex- Sheffield Wednesday youth, the Mexborough lad was spotted by Simmo and signed by KA in 2005. Despite getting a two year deal he played no part in John Schofield’s brief carpet-ball revolution during the 2006-7 season. Still on trial at Lincoln, the big question is: Will he sign and thus complete the Imps defensive jigsaw? This will be vital if the fantastic forward four are to be able to fire us to glory. Simmo clearly knows the lad, but he will have to use his enticing skills to the full, if he is to have any chance of landing a talented centre-back.
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Sheffield Wednesday rated Luke highly enough to offer him a first year pro-deal then farmed him out for experience to Scarborough and Alfreton. Simmo, a lifelong Wednesday fan (the top job would be the dream, but only once his driven mission at Lincoln was complete), was eager to take him to Lincoln and he signed a two year deal, unbeknown to all that the KA era would soon come to a close. Schofield never gave Luke a look in during the second season of his deal and York took him on loan.
Stalybridge offered him a deal for the start of the season but Luke class and composure earned a deal with Oxford just 4 games into the new season. He was a rock (illustrating his BSP) pedigree as Oxford finally got back into the Football League. He became captain and won the fans and players’ awards for best player, making 109 commanding appearances for United, scoring 3 goals. The move to Holdsworth’s Mansfield in 2010 did not work out with just 16 outings. Luke slated Mansfield under Reg, referring to the dressing room as a shambles although he did make a full apology to the fans.
Stevenage offered him a way out and he was inspirational in the League 1 play-off success of 2010-11. The 24 league games certainly put the Stags stint behind him. The move to ambitious big spending Rotherham saw Luke sustain a cruciate injury that wiped out the season. Keen to stay local (he has interests in fashion and retail) Luke signed for Matlock making 9 appearances last season until a relative heavyweight came calling.
Preston teed up a trial which and to his credit he showed enough at the Whites to earn a deal until the end of the season. This shows the quality we could soon come to rely on even if he managed just 8 appearances (6 league 2 cup) and one goal (header V Coventry FLT) for Preston last season. The first choice central defensive pairing of Wright and Huntingdon is something of an irresistible and immovable force.
The Imps have had to play a waiting game, but as they say possession is nine tenths of the law. Luke is Yorkshire based, as are his growing business interests in fashion. Indeed Luke wants to have a multi-million business by the time he is 40, to this end he and his partner have set up 601 Ltd. So we need a need a centre-half and according to an interesting Linked in profile snippet, with regard to his time at Lincoln : First time being a pro and made me the person I am today. Could this suggest that Luke may benefit from teaming up with Simmo again? He could certainly add to his international CV, having played just the once against Bosnia Herzegovina.
Preston 2012/13 stats
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Posted on July 24, 2013, in Transfer News, Uncategorized, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged Alfreton, Luke Foster Lincoln City, Mansfield Town, Oxford United, Rotherham Utd, Sheffield Wednesday, Stevenage, York City. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.