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BEN Foster completed another triumphant season in 2016/17 – winning both the Players’ Player and Supporters' Player of the Year awards for the third time.
Foster was ever-present throughout the Premier League campaign and, having fought off a serious knee injury the season before, recaptured the form which earned him the individual ‘double’ in 2012 and 2014.
Now firmly established as a fans’ favourite, Foster signed for Albion for an undisclosed fee in June 2012 having spent the previous season on loan at The Hawthorns.
By then he had landed his first Player of the Year double after keeping 10 Premier League clean sheets while on loan from Birmingham City.
The goalkeeper penned a permanent deal and went on to enjoy another outstanding campaign in 2012/13, memorably saving a Steven Gerrard penalty in a headline-grabbing performance as Albion beat Liverpool 2-0 at Anfield.
In May 2013, he earned his sixth England cap when he replaced Joe Hart at half-time against the Republic of Ireland at Wembley – becoming the first Albion player to represent the Three Lions since Scott Carson in 2008.
Foster, again in imperious form, collected both end-of-season awards in 2014 before making club history as he became the first Albion player to represent England at the World Cup in 44 years. He kept a clean sheet in the Three Lions’ goalless final Group D encounter against Costa Rica.
Foster handed the Baggies a major 2014 pre-season boost by putting pen to paper on a new four-year contract plus a further 12-month option in the club’s favour, effectively pledging his future until 2019.
By the summer of 2017, Foster had made 250 Premier League appearances and 350 career starts.
Before arriving at The Hawthorns, he had spells at Stoke City and Manchester United before a loan to Watford saw him help the Hornets seal promotion to the Premier League via the play-off final in his maiden season.
Foster made the first of 23 appearances for United in March 2008, going on to collect League Cup winners' medals in 2009 and 2010.
The keeper signed for Birmingham in the summer 2010 and, for the second time in three years, was named Man of the Match in the League Cup final as he helped City clinch their first major trophy in 48 years by beating Arsenal 2-1.