Lincoln City's Luke Foster hides his frustration to set good example to young players
Lincoln City defender Luke Foster says he has to hide his frustration at not playing regularly in order to set an example to the younger players.
The former Rotherham man, who impressed during a rare 90 minutes against Tamworth on Tuesday, admitted to being frustrated by his start to the season at Lincoln City.
However, 28-year-old Foster says he can more easily accept being left out of Gary Simpson's starting line-up as long as the regular back four are playing well.
“I came here to play football, but it has not gone that way,” said Foster.
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“ To be fair the lads at the back have done really well, so I can’t argue too much at the minute. I am happy to play in midfield, it’s not my natural position but I don’t mind it in there. But, like I said, we are all going to be needed over the season and that’s why Gary (Simpson) has brought in experienced players like myself and Nat Brown."
Foster was brought back into the side against Tamworth and played in a midfield role, which allowed more freedom for John Nolan and Alan Power.
Although Foster was happy to be involved in the 0-0 clash he is the first to admit that midfield is not his natural position.
“It is always nice to get 90 minutes, it hasn’t happened as regularly this season as I would like, but on the defensive side of things I am pleased with the clean sheet,” Foster added.
“I have been round the block a few times and I know how it works. When you are one of the older players you have to set a bit of an example. If I start being negative about not being in the team it rubs off, so I just have to keep doing what I do, maintain my fitness and keep right for when I am needed.
“If you have a lengthy lay off it’s sometimes hard to get back into it. Then you get back into a rhythm and you can be out of the team again so it does get frustrating but that’s football, you just have to deal with it.
“Centre half is my preferred position, but I have had good seasons playing in the position I am in now (midfield). I did it because that’s where I got picked to play and same here at Lincoln, but ideally I want to play centre half.”