Foster has graduated from time at Oxford with Tigers
CASTLEFORD TIGERS forward Alex Foster’s season began at Oxford and could end at Old Trafford.
The former Featherstone Rovers player has gone from fearing he was about to be unemployed to the verge of a Super League Grand Final appearance against another of his old sides, Leeds Rhinos, on Saturday.
Foster was left without a club when Bradford Bulls – who he joined from London Broncos at the end of last season – went bust.
Tigers coach Daryl Powell signed him on trial and sent him to Oxford on dual-registration to prove his fitness following a groin injury. He played in a 20-6 League One loss to Workington Town in front of 120 spectators at Tilsley Park in March, was signed by Castleford after that and has been part of the first-team squad ever since.
Foster, 24, played in Tigers’ 2322 extra-time win over St Helens in last week’s Super League semifinal and admitted it has been a dream year.
“The first game I played was at Oxford,” he recalled.
“It has been unbelievable, I could never have envisioned it.
“Hats off to everyone at Cas, there’s been so much hard work going on behind the scenes by the coaches and the players have been training hard every day.
“The fans have been behind us every minute of this season. This club has made it happen for me and made it happen for everyone.
“Hopefully we can go one step further at the Grand Final.”
Foster has played in Tigers’ last 16 games, but insisted he is not taking a place in Saturday’s team for granted.
“Oggy (Oliver Holmes) could be back this week and there’s a lot of players who have been pushing for places,” said the player, who came through the Leeds Rhinos system, but played just a handful of first-team games under Brian McDermott before being released at the end of 2015.
“For a lot of lads it’s going to be a nervous wait to see what the team is, but we’ve just got to keep on with what we are doing, train hard and try and get that spot.
“Leeds are a very good team, They finished second and have been very strong this year. We have got to step our game up from last Thursday and kick on.”