Fraser Forster

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Fraser Forster is an English goalkeeper who was born in Hexham on 17th March 1988. Forster played for Wallsend Boys Club as a youngster, having decided to become a keeper at the age of 13. He signed a professional contract at Newcastle in 2005. By 2007 Forster was third choice keeper at St James' Park, impressing in the reserves.

Forster joined League One side Stockport County on loan in October 2008. He made his competitive debut on 7th October in a 1-0 Football League Trophy defeat at Bury. Forster played six league matches for County, of which they only lost once.

Forster had a brief loan stint at Bristol Rovers before joining Norwich. The deal was initially for one month, but would eventually be extended to cover the entire 2009/10 season. After a slightly shaky start, which included a red card against Gillingham and a mistake against Leeds, Forster developed into an excellent keeper. He helped Norwich to the League One title, and also picked up the award for player of the season, having kept 20 clean sheets in 42 games.

In August 2010 Forster joined Celtic on a season long loan deal. He enjoyed a successful first season at Parkhead, keeping 24 clean sheets. Forster picked up a cup winners medal, but was also sent off in a 2-2 draw with Rangers on 6th February.

Forster appeared for Newcastle in pre-season matches during the summer of 2011, before re-joining Celtic for a further 12 months. The giant stopper kept 26 clean sheets, helping Celtic to a league title win.

On 12th June 2012 Forster signed for Celtic on a permanent basis. He enjoyed another successful campaign in 2012/13, with The Bhoys cruising to a domestic double. Forster also performed heroically in the 2-1 win against Barcelona in the Champions League. He picked up the award for save of the season, and also stopped a couple of penalties.

Forster enjoyed another standout season in 2013/14. He was handed his first England senior cap on 15th November 2013, a 2-0 defeat to Chile at Wembley. Forster won his first international call-up in October 2012 and appeared in several more squads before eventually making his Three Lions bow. He kept 11 consecutive clean sheets that campaign, helping Celtic to yet another league title. Forster performed well in the Champions League in games against Barcelona and Ajax, but couldn't prevent his side from finishing bottom of the group.

On 9th August 2014 Forster completed his move to Southampton for a fee believed to be in the region of £10,000,000. The keeper had started the season at Celtic Park, having competed in Champions League qualifiers against KR Reykjavik and Legia Warsaw. Forster linked up with his England coach Dave Watson, who was also now goalkeeping coach at Staplewood.

Forster made a steady debut in the 2-1 defeat at Liverpool on 17th August 2014. Saints enjoyed a tremendous defensive record during the opening few months of the season. In some of those fixtures Forster was barely tested, but he did make a few outstanding saves, including a couple of stand-out ones against Newcastle. Forster was a clear upgrade over previous incumbent Artur Boruc. At 6ft 7 he had a real presence in goal, bringing an air of calm. Strong in the air and a good shot stopper. Forster was not without his faults either. His kicking could be weak at times. The former Celtic man was at fault for a few goals, most notably against Aston Villa and Man United. Those displays were countered by a stunning showing at Arsenal in early December.