Foster faces old PNE pals

Southport skipper Luke Foster in his Preston days
Southport skipper Luke Foster in his Preston days
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LUKE Foster will captain Southport against his former club Preston when the sides meet in a friendly on Tuesday evening.

Centre-half Foster spent part of the 2012/13 season with the Lilywhites, making eight appearances.

Released at the end of that campaign, he went to Lincoln before joining Southport 12 months ago.

Although it is only two years since he left Deepdale, there are only a handful of Foster’s former team-mates remaining in the current PNE squad.

Paul Huntington, Bailey Wright, Joe Garner, John Welsh and Ben Davies will be the ones on nodding terms with the 29-year-old.

Foster told the Evening Post: “I’m looking forward to playing against Preston.

“Although I wasn’t there for that long, I really enjoyed it and it was a great club to play for.

“There are not too many lads left who I played with but it will be nice to see them.

“I came to Preston in August 2012, I was just training with them to start with, to get fit after doing my cruciate ligament.

“Then I signed in the November and played a few games that season.

“It was a short and sweet stay at a very good club.

“I liked it under Graham Westley, and then Simon Grayson was brilliant to work with – he was great with me.

“At the end of that season there were not many players out of contract.

“Unfortunately I was out of contract and Simon had to let me go to make some room.

“I’d come on as a sub at half-time in the last game of the season at Sheffield United. When I sat down with Simon at the end of that season, he told me I’d been a bit unlucky in being released.

“After leaving Preston I went to Lincoln where I had been for a couple of years earlier in my career.

“I signed for Southport last summer and I love it over there.

“Martin Foyle signed me, a couple of other clubs wanted me but I had heard good things about Martin and wanted to work with him. Unfortunately, Martin did not last too long and Gary Brabin took over.

“Gary made me captain and was good to work for, then when he left to go to Everton, Paul Carden took over.

“He kept me as captain and now we are looking forward to the new season.

“We are part-time at Southport – away from football I work for a family business. It is a talent agency with actors and musicians on the books.”

This is Southport’s fourth pre-season friendly, their latest being a 2-0 home defeat to Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

Over the summer they have signed former Morecambe defender Andy Wright, while Jamie Allen has joined from Fleetwood.

Port manager Carden is running the rule over a number of players on trial as he looks to strengthen his squad ahead of the start of the National League campaign.

North End and Port last met in July 2012, an own goal and a Joel Bryom penalty giving PNE a 2-0 win.