Ben Foster: Brutal pre-season has even put my cycling on back-burner


t is an indication of how tough Watford’s pre-season training has been that Ben Foster has had to put his other love, cycling, firmly on the back-burner.

Before Watford returned to their London Colney training base to prepare for the new Premier League campaign, 38-year-old Foster was bombing around the country on his bike to keep fit.

His away days with Garmin, all broadcast on his YouTube channel, The Cycling Gk, saw him take on climbs at Cheddar Gorge and Surrey Hills, but now pre-season training has made him yearn for the comfort of his bed as opposed to more time on the saddle.

“[Pre-season training] has been brutal this year, absolutely brutal,” he tells Standard Sport. “It’s been double session after double session.

“I come back home and see my bike and say, ‘Sorry, babe, I can’t take you out tonight. I’ve got to get in bed because I am shattered’.”

The hope for Foster and Watford is that all the hard work will pay off.

The club have bounced straight back to the Premier League after just a year away and, while Foster enjoyed the rough and tumble of the Championship, nothing compares to the top-flight in his eyes.

“The beauty of the Championship for me is that there is such a mixed bag of who you’re coming up against,” he says. “You are playing against 6ft 4in giants one week and then you might play against a Swansea or a Norwich, who like to get the ball down and pass it.


“But there is nothing like the Premier League. It’s what everyone talks about and watches. You make one false move, it’s getting highlighted.

“Me, as a goalkeeper, I know if I make a mistake on a Saturday afternoon that within hours a billion people have seen it. That’s life nowadays, it’s how quick the internet moves.”

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