Forster's future is uncertain
Chris Lakey Fraser Forster continues his search for a promotion double when he steps back into the fray for Norwich City tonight - but will he be back next season? The on-loan keeper is hoping to help City secure their return ticket to the Championship, having already seen parent club Newcastle wrap up promotion back to the Premier League.
Fraser Forster continues his search for a promotion double when he steps back into the fray for Norwich City tonight - but will he be back next season?
The on-loan keeper is hoping to help City secure their return ticket to the Championship, having already seen parent club Newcastle wrap up promotion back to the Premier League.
But that leaves the brilliant 22-year-old facing a big question over the summer.
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Does he stick with Newcastle and try to force his way into their Premier League side - or does he continue his apprenticeship elsewhere?
If he chooses the latter, City boss Paul Lambert is bound to have his name at the top of the list for a player whose performances this season have alerted a number of other clubs to his potential.
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Forster - who returns after a two-match suspension at Leyton Orient tonight - admits there's plenty to think about.
“I have had a good season here and I've been to a couple of other places on loan as well, but you can never get too much experience,” said Forster.
“Steve Harper at Newcastle has had a fantastic season himself and he will rightfully be number one next season and of course you want to challenge and push on through pre-season.
“But personally I want to be out playing rather than sitting on the bench somewhere, so obviously I will have to see what happens over pre-season.
“If I'm not playing there I want to be out playing somewhere else.
“Yes, it could be a big decision, but it could be nice to just get out on loan again and see what happens.”
Forster's red card against Tranmere 11 days ago ruled him out of the Easter Monday home win over Stockport and the weekend draw with MK Dons - and gave him the opportunity to return to Tyneside and savour the promotion celebrations.
“Last week I went back up to Newcastle for a couple of days' training and just to see the lads and that,” he said. “Obviously they are delighted to have it all sorted now, so hopefully they can just push on and win the league.
“Everyone is delighted up there - a similar situation to here really, but it would be nice for us to get promoted and hopefully make it as champions.
“It would be brilliant - obviously I haven't really contributed up there, but I'd just be delighted if we could go up as well.
“We don't want to jump ahead of ourselves. If we can just win a few more games that will be us done, but every game at a time. Hopefully we will do it.”
The end to Forster's frustration at watching from the sidelines comes at the expense of teenager Declan Rudd - a player who looks like taking a similar career path.
“He's a good keeper,” said Forster. “Obviously he probably needs to do what I've done this year, get out and play some games somewhere and then he should be ready to go, but he has done very well when he's stepped in.
“I just hate watching, I really want to be out there and playing. Obviously it was two big games I missed, but another two games again this week and hopefully I'll be back in and can contribute again.
“Everyone is playing for something at this point of the season, whether it's pressing for the play-offs or avoiding relegation and every game is a tough game. If we get complacent we'll get punished so it is important to go and do the right things and play like we can play and that should be enough for us.
“The lads have played very well this season and we have made games look very easy at times, but every game will be tough, so it is just important we concentrate on what we do and if we can do that it should be enough to beat these teams.”