Chorley signs Foster

Chorley FC manager Garry Flitcroft

Chorley FC manager Garry Flitcroft

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Chorley have announced the signing of 26-goal striker Steve Foster from Division One North rivals Salford City.

Foster has a magnificent goalscoring record and is once again among the Evo-Stik League’s leading scorers this term, having bagged his goals 39 appearances in all competitions for Salford.

Chorley manager Garry Flitcroft has been tracking the 29-year-old for several months and is delighted to have finally got his man.

Flitcroft said: “I know Fossie from his time at Blackburn and after chasing him for a while, I’m over the moon he’s agreed to join us.

“This is a major signing for us and it comes at a crucial stage in the season.

“We’ve got a lot of important games coming up and to bring someone of Fossie’s undoubted quality in will give everyone a lift.

“He’s a natural goalscorer who has scored goals wherever he has been. If you look at his goals-per-games ratio, it’s as good as anyone’s at this level.

“I’ve been conscious of the fact we need to be more clinical in front of goal for a while now and I think Fossie will give us that.”

After joining Blackburn as a trainee, Foster went on to play for Hyde United, Stalybridge Celtic, Radcliffe Borough, AFC Telford and Fleetwood Town, establishing a reputation as one of Non-League football’s most deadly finishers.

More recently, he’s enjoyed two highly productive spells with Salford, either side of a brief stint with Witton, averaging almost a goal-per-game.

In 2009, he scored all five goals in Salford’s 5-3 win at Lancaster and, together with strike-partner Stuart Rudd, was instrumental in saving the Ammies from relegation.

Now Garry is hoping the prolific frontman can help to fire the Magpies to promotion.

“There aren’t too many defenders in this league who will relish playing against Fossie,” said the Chorley boss.

“Apart from his goalscoring record, he’s also quick and aggressive, which makes him a real handful.

“He’s just what we need as we approach the business end of the season.”