Ben Foster keeping future options open

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West Brom's on-loan goalkeeper Ben Foster insists no decision will be taken on his long term future until the end of the campaign.

Foster has temporary joined the Baggies for the 2011/12 season from Birmingham following their relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

He will return to St. Andrew's should City be promoted, but that is looking unlikely after a mass exodus of players and an average start to life in the npower Championship.

When asked about his future, Foster said: "I honestly haven't got a clue. As far as it stands it was just a season-loan deal and that was that.

"It just depends on what happens at the end of the season.

"If Birmingham go and get promoted and get back in the Premier League then I will be back there playing football with Birmingham - simple as that.

"If it doesn't happen, then there is a decision to be made on both parties.

"It's out of your hands to a point. I will have to bide my time and wait and see."

Foster admits Birmingham's Carling Cup success was a major factor in them being relegated.

He said: "I think it was the cup win that really did it and what took us down. It took so much out of us, more emotionally than anything.

"It was so tiring. I remember literally for two weeks afterwards the lads in training were just knackered.

"It was such a big effort from everyone that it really did affect our Premier League form.

"There were some games towards the end of the season, particularly when we lost 2-0 to Fulham, when it was such a poor performance from the lads.

"It just seemed like we were almost resigned to the fact we might get relegated. You could see something like that happening which was disappointing."

Foster was also relegated with Watford but is confident Albion will stay up despite a poor start to the season.

He said: "We'll be absolutely fine. I had the misfortune of getting relegated with Birmingham last season and with Watford a few years back as well.

"I can see what you need in your team to avoid the drop. We have plenty of talent in this team to avoid the drop.

"I think realistically we have to be looking towards 10th and 11th place. That's our true position."

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