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Ben Foster happy at home with West Brom

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West Bromwich keeper Ben Foster believes he has ended his years as a football nomad after signing a three-year deal to stay at The Hawthorns.

West Bromwich keeper Ben Foster believes he has ended his years as a football nomad after signing a three-year deal to stay at The Hawthorns.

Foster, one of the key targets the Baggies have been keen to secure this summer, says he has finally found his football home after serving 11 clubs and his country as a 'keeper for hire.'

But he has finally put down some roots at The Hawthorns following his impressive debut campaign on loan from Birmingham last season.

The clubs finally agreed a deal for an undisclosed fee – believed to be £4m – for the 29-year-old and Albion also have a further two-year option in their favour, effectively committing Foster's future until June 2017.

"This is my club and hopefully I'm going to settle in and have the best years of my career here," said Foster.

"It's going to be strange to feel so settled. I've been on loan for many years of my career, so it's nice to know that this is my club now.

"I'm not doing it to impress people, or to see what I can get off the back of the move.

"This is a huge moment in my life and in my career."

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Foster declined an invitation from his former club gaffer Roy Hodgson to rejoin the England fold for this summer's Euros and his career focus remains firmly on Albion's Premier League campaign.

"The decision to come here on loan last season was a chance to stay in the Midlands, but working with Roy Hodgson and Dean Kiely were other big factors.

"As it turned out it couldn't have really gone much better.

I managed to play virtually every game, apart from missing that last game of the season, which was really frustrating as there was genuinely nothing I could do about it."

It's a boost, too, for new head coach Steve Clarke who said: "Ben's been a priority signing all summer.

"A quality goalkeeper is worth ten or 12 points a season to you – and that's certainly what we think we've got in Ben Foster."

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