Foster focused

Ex Saints star Jamie Foster
Ex Saints star Jamie Foster

NOBODY will be more determined to prove a point than ex Saint Jamie Foster when he faces his former club in Super League action for the first time this Saturday.

Flamboyant Foster admits he was stunned when Saints, his hometown club, told him he no longer figured in their long-term plans - after scoring 34 tries and 241 goals in little more than 50 appearances.

“I found it hard to take at first but realised I hard to work hard on my game to further my career and now I feel I’m a better player and looking forward to what the future holds,” said the 22-year-old former Blackbrook Royals youngster.

Initially he was allowed to spend a nine-match loan spell at Hull FC in 2012 but now wears the Bradford Bulls shirt after signing a one-year deal with the West Yorkshire club.

“I’m really looking forward to facing Saints at Odsal this weekend and I definitely feel I have a point to prove.

“I’m not looking for revenge though - that’s the last thing on my mind as I still have many good friends in the Saints camp.

“I will just be treating it like any other game, but hopefully we will get the right result at the end of the day.”

Bradford have won two of their first three matches of the campaign, in which Foster has landed 15 goals and scored one try, and currently lie fourth in the table.

He added: “I’ve settled in really well and I’m enjoying my rugby along side a great bunch of guys.

“We’ve made quite a good start to the season and hopefully we can push on from here.”

Meanwhile, Saints coach Nathan Brown revealed yesterday that skipper Paul Wellens faces three to four weeks on the sidelines with the calf injury he suffered in the topsy turvy 22-22 stalemate against Hull at Langtree Park.

Jon Wilkin is in line to wear the captain’s armband in his absence, with Tommy Makinson a strong candidate to fill in at full back and Ade Gardner in with a shout of a recall on the wing.

Brown also told of his encouragement at the debut performance of giant prop Alex Walmsley.

He said: “Big Alex’s contribution was very good. If it wasn’t for the two errors he made, everyone would have been singing his praises. We’re all really happy with him and, as he plays, he will improve.”