Bafana Bafana striker Lyle Foster admits that the initial interest by Burnley caught him by surprise. 

Foster has been signed by the Championship club on a four-and-a-half-year deal. The 22-year-old was signed from Belgian side Westerlo. The former Orlando Pirates and Monaco forward has been in fine form this season.  He had eight goals halfway through the season before his move to England. 

“If I am being honest I was a bit surprised but I was honoured at the time,” Foster told the club’s media.

LYLE FOSTER SETTLING WELL IN BURNLEY 

“A bit up and down to be fair. A lot is going on in my head but I’m just happy that it’s done and I’m here. 

“Like you said I came through the ranks at Orlando Pirates and I was there for quite some time and I loved my years there.

“Where I am in South Africa, English football is the league we all follow so for me as a kid growing up it was always a dream to come to England.

Vincent Kompany and Lyle Foster
Vincent Kompany and Lyle Foster

IT STILL FEELS UNREAL 

“So like I said when I got the call that Burnley wanted me it felt unreal. It’s a childhood dream for me to come through. So I am so happy to be here and so happy to come and share my talent. To enjoy football where football started I think.”

ON WORKING WITH VINCENT KOMPANY 

“From the moment I got here, felt very welcome and I have been following and watching a lot of Burnley games recently. I really enjoy their style of play and I think he is a great coach (Vincent Kompany). For me to be coached by a legend like him is an honour for me.

“I grew up watching him play and I played one game against him. Now him being my coach and getting to learn and absorb that knowledge I think for me is a dream come true.” 

It’s not yet clear if Foster will make his debut during the FA fourth round matches against Ipswich on Friday evening.