Wrexham signing Ben Foster clarifies wage agreement with Ryan Reynolds

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Ben Foster has revealed he has agreed to play for “peanuts” in order to help Wrexham achieve their National League promotion dream. The former Premier League goalkeeper, who hung up his gloves in September after leaving Watford at the end of last season, initially rejected the Red Dragons in mid-March before opting to sign on the dotted line on transfer deadline day.

Wrexham’s first-choice shot-stopper Rob Lainton has been ruled out until the end of the season with a knee ligament injury and Foster has agreed to fill the void.

It’s been reported that Foster was earning around £30,000 per week during his time with the Hornets, leaving some fans confused as to how a Non-League side can afford to pay his salary.

But speaking on his podcast The Fozcast, the former England goalkeeper has explained it’s not about the money, claiming he will earn a mere fraction of what he took home in the Premier League.

Foster said: “I don’t need much [money] – to be honest, the negotiations took about five minutes… Wages wise, it’s literally peanuts… the part for me is getting the team over the line and getting them promoted.

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“I’m a very low maintenance player – just wheel me out, I’ll do a job.”

After allegedly rejecting moves to Tottenham and Newcastle, the 39-year-old became the first high-profile signing of the Hollywood era at Wrexham and there is a growing sense that more could follow.

One exciting bonus of Foster’s move to Wales is that his YouTube channel The Cycling GK is set to benefit from a wealth of new content opportunities.

During his time at Watford, Foster regularly placed a GoPro camera in his goal before the club eventually put a stop to it.

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Now he is relishing the chance to redeploy the small camera in the back of his own net as he seeks to provide fans with a unique insight of life behind the scenes at Wrexham.

He continued: “We can get matchday vlogs back! We’re going to need to see if we can get things like GoPros in the goal!”

Foster also detailed his admiration for Ryan Reynolds, claiming he is due to speak with the Wrexham co-owner, who helped engineer the transfer via direct messages on social media, following his move to Wales.

“Apparently Ryan [Reynolds] is going to give me a call later today! Van Wilder is one of my favourite films! Buzzing to talk to him later,” Foster said.

“They are so prevalent at the football club, they are always there… it’s not like a plaything, they want to be a part of it.”

Wrexham are currently top of the National League having lost only two of their 38 matches.

The leaders are just three points clear of title rivals Notts County and also boast a game in hand over The Magpies, who they still have to face for a second time in April.

If declared fit, Foster could be between the posts for Wrexham’s National League clash with York City on Saturday afternoon.

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