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Introducing Robbie Foster

Image courtesy of Paul Kellett

6 October 2017

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Academy forward Robbie Foster is enjoying life at Chesterfield and is embracing the challenges Miguel Llera has thrown his way since arriving at the Spireites.

Foster is now a first-year scholar at the club and despite playing in an unfamiliar role so far, this season, has still managed to get among the goals.

That included a strike from the left flank as he netted in Chesterfield’s 2-1 win over Doncaster Rovers.
Reflecting on the goal and the performance Foster said: "It's great. I just practise, keep practising, and get the goals.

"We work on them in the week, we work on set pieces and working from wide and I just got there at the back stick and put it in.

"It's given me a lot of confidence so I'll just try and do that more."

Foster's regular position is as a centre forward, but he has so far enjoyed a season where he has predominantly featured in a wider role.

"I've been playing out of position but obviously when the gaffer puts me on I'll play in any position. I don't care where as long as I'm on the pitch,” he said.

"I don't mind it out wide. I can get the ball, show some skills and take a few players on."

The ability to take players on is one of the striker's main attributes and therefore his strengths are equally good on the wing as they are in the centre.

Commenting on that he said: "I've got my pace and I've got a great shot."

Life has been different for the academy players since Llera took over the youth team and it's something Foster and many of his team mates are having to adjust to.

He said: "It's great playing with him.

“He's a great coach, he has experience and he knows what he's on about. Dylan [former coach Dylan Kerr] was a bit more lenient but it's good and intense with Miguel.

"It's been a little bit hard to adapt to but you've just got to get on with it."

Foster has now been with Chesterfield for two years but it could have been different had he earned a scholarship with one of his hometown clubs.

"I was on trial at Sheffield Wednesday so I came from there, I didn't get a scholarship there and I just took the chance here," he reflected.

The young Spireite has gained experience from training with the first team, and it's something he hopes will carry him forward to a professional contract with the club.

Foster commented: "Whilst I've been training with them I've learned a bit more about my position, being a striker, but I've also looked at the wide players, looked at what they're doing to try to take it into my own game.

"I want to get a pro contract, extend that and keep playing for the first team."

Saturday meanwhile, sees the youth team travel to Oldham Athletic for an EFL Youth Alliance Cup game (12pm) and despite the focus being on the league, Foster is excited about a possible cup run.

"I'd love to win the cup, it would be a great opportunity. It would be good for the team and the club if we win," he added.

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