Footballer Foster Takes 70% Pay Cut For Love of Game

Former Sheffield Wednesday, Preston, Oxford UnitedMansfield Town, Stevenage, York City, Rotherham and Alfreton centre-half Luke Foster has taken a 70% pay-cut to team up with the Imps because he believes he can do for big mate Simmo what he did at Oxford Utd as their Conference promotion captain.  His desire to put something back in the game whilst he continues to back a fledgling fashion business with his fiancée will make every working man & woman in Britain proud –  and he has even been willing to wait until the admin staff arrive back from holiday to sign the full 1 year deal today.  Outstanding stuff Fozzie STMI hope your enterprise and ambition is rewarded on and off the pitch!

Thank-you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

Badge of Sheffield WednesdayPNE FC.png Lincoln City F.C. badge.pngYork City's emblemOxford United badgeLogoStevenage crestRotherham logo

Preston, the League 1 club who have still been paying his wages,  were kind enough to allow him to link up with big mate Simmo  after they  agreed to release him in May and he has been loyally training with Lincoln on a non-contract basis since pre-season began putting in some outstanding performances on the pitch whilst being a massive mentor to the youngsters off it.  Not sure what they put in the Yorkshire water but this is yet another ex- Sheffield Wednesday  youth, a Mexborough lad, who was spotted by Simmo and signed and rebuilt by him in 2005. His agent could have got him better deals elsewhere but he never asked – loyalty to your mates runs high – and this message will spread through the dressing room like the elixir of life. Fozzie you are a hero at a club that needs all the help it can get to bounce back (hopefully it will be our lucky 7th return to the League).

For those who missed the full STMI biopic back on May 4th, here is a rerun………

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 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Luke Foster 6 2 584 1 5 3 0 1 0

Preston 2012/13 stats 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Luke Foster 6 2 584 1 5 3 0 1 0
Luke Foster York City v. Oxford United 17-10-09.png
Thanks for the Pic WIKI – Luke in his Oxford United days
FULL NAME Luke James Foster
DATE OF BIRTH 8 September 1985 (age 27)
PLACE OF BIRTH Mexborough, England
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
CURRENT CLUB Preston North End
2002–2004 Sheffield Wednesday
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
2004–2005 Scarborough (loan) 8 (0)
2005 Alfreton Town (loan) 18 (3)
2005–2007 Lincoln City 17 (1)
2006 York City (loan) 6 (0)
2007 Stalybridge Celtic 4 (1)
2007–2010 Oxford United 109 (3)
2010 Mansfield Town 16 (0)
2010–2011 Stevenage 24 (1)
2011–2012 Rotherham United 6 (0)
2012 Matlock Town 9 (0)
2012–2013 Preston North End 6 (0)
2008 England C

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