Foster wants fast decision on long-term future with Albion


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West Bromwich Albion's on-loan goalkeeper Ben Foster wants a quick decision on his long-term future, but is open minded about staying at The Hawthorns or returning to his parent club Birmingham.

The former Manchester United player joined Albion following City's relegation from the Premier League at the end of last season. He has impressed for the Baggies and would be happy to remain, but insists he would also have no qualms about returning to Blues.

Foster said: "If a decision can be made soon, then fantastic. I've got nothing but good things to say about Birmingham and the same now about West Brom. I've loved my time here and at Birmingham.

"We've obviously got to come to a decision at the end of the season and I think Birmingham will be the ones who make it. The Championship season finishes earlier than the Premier League so I'm sure, come the end of that, a decision will be made one way or the other.

"I've made some very good friends here and it's very similar to Birmingham, it's a very homely, family-orientated club. I'm just enjoying playing football with good people."

Foster has enjoyed playing regular first-team football since leaving Old Trafford two years ago, but admits there are more important things in his life. He said: "I don't get carried away with the whole football thing really. It is a job to me, to be honest.

"I do love playing on a Saturday but it's a job and there are a lot more important things in my life. My family is more important than anything else. But even people like my wife will agree, when I'm not playing first-team football I'm like a bear with a sore head and it's not nice."

Meanwhile, Wigan have received a boost in their Premier League relegation battle with the news that winger Victor Moses has not fractured his jaw and could be fit to face Stoke at the weekend.

The 21-year-old was kicked in the head by the Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel on Saturday when winning the penalty that sent the Latics on the way to a shock 2-1 victory at Anfield. Moses was forced off before half-time but scans allayed initial fears about the severity of the injury.

Roberto Martinez, the Wigan manager, is hopeful that Hugo Rodallega and Mohamed Diame will recover quickly from, respectively, knee and groin problems.