Buzzing around the Championship: Lewis Foster gives his insight

Dave Parkinson

Leigh Centurions’ Lewis Foster has had an interesting season so far.

The 23-year-old has had the distinction of playing for five clubs in 2017.

After appearing for the Centurions in pre-season Foster became one of the first players used in the now defunct dual contract agreement with Sheffield Eagles.

One game followed at the Centurions other dual contract partner Whitehaven in League 1, where he was part of a side that gave Toronto Wolfpack their closest league game of the year.

A loan spell followed with London Broncos where Foster played in four of their current winning run before being recalled by Leigh. Over the last couple of weeks he has been on the move again, this time to Rochdale Hornets.

Despite ever changing environs, he has taken things in his stride.

“It’s been a bit mixed – it’s just important getting out there and getting as many minutes as possible,” said Foster.

“I’m only 23 and the most important thing is playing and I was struggling for game time.

“I got on with everyone at London. I got on with everyone at Sheffield. It’s pretty similar whichever club you go to. I can get on with pretty much anyone and feel that I can talk to anyone.

“You’ve got to (be open), there’s no point me just going to a different team and being within myself and not opening up as a person. I think that’s important so the players at your side know you inside and out. It’s important that you can just come out of your shell, whatever environment you are in.”

Foster has made two appearances so far for Hornets and played at half-back with former St Helens teammate Danny Yates in Sunday’s 28-14 win over Bradford.

“I was at half-back and that’s not my normal position, but I enjoyed playing it,” he added. “The weather was very hot out there but we stuck to our gameplan. We completed sets more in the second than we did in the first and it was good to get out there.”

His debut for Rochdale came eight days earlier in Toulouse where Chris was officially welcomed into the Hornets fold.

“That was the ice-breaker really – I had to stand up and do a bit of a sing-song!” he said. “That broke the ice and I’ve settled in pretty well to be fair. They are a good set of lads and barring the result, Toulouse was a good trip. It’s a good club – good people, good coaching.”

Foster is in line for his third Rochdale appearance this weekend when Hornets host in-form Batley Bulldogs at the Crown Oil Arena, 3.00pm kick-off.