Ben Foster announces retirement as he makes truth about his recent performances for Wrexham just a few games into the 2023/24 season.
The 40 year old has retired from professional football again, after he signed for Wrexham last March and made 12 appearances for the club, as he helped guide them back into the Football League.
After taking them up, Reynolds and McElhenney talked the former England international into signing a new 12-month contract at the club, but that deal has now been cut short.
Foster has struggled at the start of the new season in League Two, with Wrexham conceding an alarming number of goals, and he feels the time is right to part ways before deciding what to do next.
The Daily Mail issued a brutal headline on the story, saying ‘Ben Foster rips up his contract with Wrexham and retires AGAIN, two days after he let in five goals and only 10 weeks into his one-year deal’
STATEMENT | Ben Foster announces retirement from professional football
All the very best, @BenFoster – thank you very much for your contributions in both spells with the Football Club, and congratulations on an incredible career 🧤
— Wrexham AFC (@Wrexham_AFC) August 21, 2023
— RobRyanRed – Wrexham AFC Podcast (@RobRyanRed) August 21, 2023
After making 12 appearances for Wrexham since returning to the Club on March 23, Ben Foster has announced his retirement from professional football.
Ben spoke with Manager Phil Parkinson after Saturday’s game and informed him of his intention.
Foster said: “The honest truth is that my performances this season haven’t reached the level I demand of myself and I feel that now is the right time to retire.
“At the forefront of my mind when making this decision, was not only what was best for me but also the Club, and making the decision now gives the Club every opportunity to assess their options before the window closes.
“Wrexham will always have a special place in my heart.”
Manager Phil Parkinson said: “Ben has been the model professional while at Wrexham and has done everything we have asked of him.
“It takes a big person to make the decision he has and one who really understands this Football Club, with the timing of his decision.
“I am sure I speak for everyone, when thanking him for his contribution that went far beyond that one magnificent penalty save against Notts County to help us gain promotion last season.
“Wrexham AFC was a better place for having Ben Foster around the Club.”
Everyone at Wrexham AFC wishes Ben every success in the future and he will always be welcome at the STōK Cae Ras.
This is what Twitter users had to say when Ben Foster announces retirement as he makes truth about his recent performances for Wrexham…
@NottsCountyZone: Ahahhahahahahhahah he couldn’t hack league two
@WelshLad247: @BenFoster thank you for giving me one of the greatest moments I’ve ever had bring a Wrexham fan ❤️
@_thfc1882_: Knew his performances were dropping off, put the club ahead of his own ego and walked away. Top, top bloke. Enjoy your second retirement, Ben.
@JackCD97: Thanks for that save Ben. A Wrexham legend no doubt 👏🏻
@shanefagan: Good for him, he played a key role in the promotion run and his performance level wasn’t to the level he wanted so he knew it was time. Hope he enjoys his retirement and I’ll be enjoying his stories and takes on the podcast.
@flynhatersteve: Great fella and that save will never be forgotten. In my opinion he has come in for some harsh criticism when some of it is definitely down to the way the team has been set up to play.
@Aidan_LMH: Kind of knew this would happen. I don’t think he really wanted to do another season. Feels like he was pressured a bit by ownership which is fair because he was iconic last season. When your heart isn’t in it anymore time to move on 🙏
@skintswindon: Couldn’t hack it against a bigger club, knows your team are no good in this league and have to rely on the refs, bailed early on. Good on him
@Andy_Wrex: Don’t care about anything else that’s happened THAT penalty save will always be one of my favourite Wrexham moments ever. Thanks Ben and enjoy your retirement
@CheezyNCFC: Seems an odd decision so early on into a new season, to seemingly have a couple of poor defensive performances and just decide to give up entirely instead of working with the team to put them right and kick on, heart can’t have been in it anymore which is sad really. GL to him.
@odeszn_: bro saw the league 2 standard and thought fuck this 😭
@AVFCHarry_: COULDNT HACK LEAGUE 2 😭😭😭😭
@jammsterz: Couldn’t hack conceding 5 and being at fault so retires 😂
@WelshPoketRoket: I am absolutely gutted 😔💔 Much love to you Fozzy. I loved your enthusiasm & will never forget the penalty save against Notts County 🙌 SUPER @BenFoster IN GOOOAL 😭😭💔
@tomtitchwfc: Absolutely gutted about this. Thanks for helping with the promotion Ben, you will be missed.
@dubd4n: Forever a Wrexham legend and as a keeper, someone iv always looked up to! Thank you Fozzy!! @BenFoster
@keevs_89: Your return last season was a welcomed one. You gave us one of the greatest moments at Y Cae Ras in recent memory. Thank you, and good luck with your next chapter 😢🔴⚪️🏴
@aled174: All the best, Fozzy. From the LDV Vans trophy to THAT pen save and getting us back. You’ve certainly left your mark on this club and the fans hearts. Friggin legend.
@TokeyLaarr: I don’t think anyone will ever forget that penalty save against Notts County though
@DaveEdWxm: Surprised but not surprised to be honest, if he’s not happy with his performances then I really admire him for saying it openly. He will leave a great everlasting memory of that save…..Thanks @BenFoster legend 👍