Foster heads for Burnley
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Crewe Alexandra defender Stephen Foster has signed a two-year contract with Burnley.
Crewe Alexandra defender Stephen Foster has signed for Burnley, after rejecting a move to Championship new boys Barnsley.
Foster was a free agent at Gresty Road and shunned a new deal with the club following their relegation to League One.
Promoted Barnsley had offered the centre half a two-year contract and appeared hopeful that Foster would head to Oakwell.
But Burnley have stepped in to land the 25-year-old on a free transfer, much to the delight of Clarets boss Steve Cotterill.
"Stephen is a free transfer, but more than that he's a proven defender, a good lad with excellent character," Cotterill told the club's official website.
"He is an honest boy and I really think he will do well for us.
"I always think that whenever we played Crewe, he was arguably their best defender so we are delighted with both of the boys we have got from Crewe and we look forward to working with them both."
Foster, who had spent his entire career with Dario Gradi's side, is reunited with former Crewe team-mate Steve Jones at Turf Moor.
During his time with The Railwaymen, the stopper made over 240 appearances for the club, but has now accepted a two-year deal with Burnley.