Foster: It’s a childhood dream come true

Burney new signing, Lyle Foster, says joining the English Championship side is a childhood dream come true.

The 22-year-old forward became Vincent Kompany’s third January transfer window signing when he joined from Belgian side K.V.C. Westerlo.

“If feels good to be here, I’m grateful and I can’t wait to get started,” the player said.

“I was a bit surprised when I was told about the interest from Burnley, I was on holiday at the time and my agent rang me up and told me there was an interest from Burnley.

From that moment my heart and head were set on joining the club and I counted down the days to be here.

The couple of days leading up to the transfer were up and down – I was asking myself when is the deal happening and whether it’s happening – a lot was going on in my head. I’m happy that it’s finally done and I spent my first here.”

Lyle Foster with manager Vincent Kompany

Forster came through the Orlando Pirates development before moving to French Ligue 1 side AS Monaco.

“I enjoyed my time at Orlando Pirates. From there I went to Monaco, had a small stint in Belgium and Portugal.

In South Africa, English football is a league that we all follow. As a kid growing up it was always a dream to come to England. And when I got a call that Burnley wanted me it felt a bit unreal. It’s a childhood dream come true, I’m so happy to be here and to share my talent where football started.”

At Burnley, Foster has reunited with his Cercle Brugge teammate, Vitinho.

“I’ve played with Vitinho at Cercle Brugge and he is a very good friend of mine – we are close.

I spoke to him before coming here about how things and he told me how great it is and the atmosphere and the spirit around the team. From the moment I got here, I felt very welcome.

I’ve been following and watching a lot of Burnley games recently and I enjoy the style of play. The coach [Vincent Kompany] is a legend and to work with him is an honour.

I grew up watching him and I’ve also played one game against him. Now with him being my coach, I will get to learn and absorb the knowledge.”

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