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Foster to stay out on loan

By Mark Buckingham.   Last Updated: 29/08/05 1:06pm

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Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster expects to spend the next two years away from Old Trafford on loan.

Foster joined The Red Devils earlier in the summer from Stoke City and was immediately shipped out to Watford on a season-long loan.

The 22-year-old has impressed with The Hornets and looks like being groomed as the long-term successor to Edwin van der Sar at United.

Having not played for Stoke before he signed for United, Foster is benefiting from the chance to sample regular football at Championship level.

The shot-stopper believes he is likely to spend the 2006/07 season out on loan before making a claim for a place at Old Trafford.

"Alex Ferguson told me it was best if I went out on loan and got another year's experience and maybe even do the same next year," said Foster.

"Then in two years' time we'll assess the situation and, if I've progressed, he'll give me a chance.

"Edwin has got a two-year contract so that's the plan."

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