Lyle Foster breaks silence over Monaco move
Posted: 4 January 2019 Time: 19:44
France-bound striker Lyle Foster has finally broken his silence following the confirmation that he would be joining Ligue 1 giants AS Monaco during the current transfer window.
Foster penned a four-and-a-half-year deal with The Roca Boys and will now be joining fellow South Africans Lebogang Mothiba, Lebohang Phiri, Keagan Dolly and Bongani Zungu in France.
The 18-year-old has been on the books of Orlando Pirates since the age of 12, graduating through the academy ranks before making his professional debut last season.
He proceeded to amass 11 appearances for The Buccaneers, while starring for the national Under-17 and U-20 teams, before earning his big break.
“I’m happy that the news is finally out. There’s lots of hard work ahead, but this is my dream and I’m happy that I could take this small step in my career and hopefully I can make lots of bigger things off it,” Foster tells KickOff.com.
“I’d like to also say thank you to Orlando Pirates for affording me this opportunity as well as Monaco for trusting in what they saw in me, and I hope I can repay it to them in the best way possible on the field.”
Foster impressed during a trial back in 2017 and sparked immediate interest from the eight-time Ligue 1 champions, who had to wait for his 18thbirthday in September last year before bringing him over.
The teenager, who enlisted himself as Pirates’ youngest ever goal scorer in the PSL era at 17 years, four months and 16 days, has reflected on his previous visits and is relishing his opportunity to get going with his new team.
“I first went for a seven-day trial during the November FIFA break in 2017, and I was a bit nervous but after settling in on the first day, I realised that I can do it,” he reflects.
“So, the trial went very well, and then the recent assessment wasn’t really an assessment, I knew I was going to sign so it was just for me to go and meet my new teammates and acclimatise a bit.
“Both those trips had been very informative of what it would be like once I’m there, and now I can’t wait to go there and get kicking on.”