“He could have gone on for another two or three years. I think he just got bored in the end. He was just too good – he was awesome.”
That is a fitting adjective to describe Foster’s own form this season and, following the 2-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur last week, he became the goalkeeper with the most saves to his name in Premier League history.
“I feel great to be honest with you, I think that is just something that does come with age. As a goalie you learn to forget about the fear factor of it all, you just learn to enjoy it and take it all in.
“I’m perfectly happy and comfortable with who I am as a person, a goalkeeper, everything. I’ve always said about my knees but, touch wood, they’ve been really good recently.
“So two, three, four more years hopefully, and reach the 40-year-old mark. I’m feeling great, I’m enjoying it.”
Brighton have amassed just six points from a possible 30 and are now only five points above the relegation zone.
“It’s probably not a fair reflection, but when the league finishes it’s about how many points you’ve got and if you’ve stayed up it’s because you’ve deserved to,” said Chris Hughton, their manager.
“This is a tough, demanding league and there isn’t anyone you can’t get points off, even in very tough games.”