Salford Red Devils have today announced the signing of St Helens forward Matty Foster on a one-year deal.
The 22-year-old is the club’s third signing of the window, joining Ethan Ryan and Nene Macdonald at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Speaking to the club’s website about the move, Foster said: “I am thrilled to get this deal over the line and for the opportunity to play for this great club.
He added: “I have always liked the way Salford play their rugby and once Paul Rowley and I had a chat, it was an easy decision to make.
He further exclaimed: “I am looking forward to the opportunities and to meeting all the players, staff and fans in 2024!”
Salford Red Devils boss Paul Rowley also heaped praise on the young forward, saying: “We are delighted that Matty is joining our club.”
“He is a very versatile player, which is obviously important within a small squad.”
“Everybody who has worked with him – including Kurt, who has previously coached Matty – gives huge praise for his character and commitment to giving everything for the team, which is exactly the type of player we want within our group!”
Foster initially signed for current World Champions St Helens from his amateur club Blackbrook and spent time in their scholarship programme.
During his youth career, he won England honours at U16 level, and also represented Lancashire Academy.
Foster made his one and only appearance for Saints against Salford in 2020. He has also played Super League for then Leigh Centurions during the 2021 campaign, making six appearances.
His career has so far been hampered by injury, in particular back-to-back ACL injuries, as well as a broken jaw. He missed the entirety of the 2022 season through injury, but has since returned to fitness and spent time in the lower leagues.
Following his return to fitness, the second-row forward has spent time at St Helen’s dual register partner Swinton Lions in the Championship, as well as North Wales Crusaders in League One; however he will be hoping for much more game time in 2024.