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Foster Warmly Welcomed Back
Published : 25 Jul 2011 11:15:01
Richard Foster need not have worried about how he would be received on his return. Richard Foster was pleased overall with the reception he received when turning out as Aberdeen captain against St Johnstone. The full-back returned from his season-long loan with Rangers and installed by manager Craig Brown as captain much to the chagrin of an element of the Dons fans. He was jeered by a small section of supporters during the club's pre-season friendly against German side Bochum. However the defender received a warm welcome from the Dons faithful and put in an impressive display as Aberdeen started the season with a draw against the McDiarmid Park side. Foster said: "I always thought there would be a small section of fans that wouldn't take to me straight away but after that incident in pre-season I have had letters and emails to the club wishing me all the best, which is really nice. You are never going to please everyone and I just have to prove myself to the fans that haven't welcomed me back on the pitch. Hopefully after today's performance and with my performances over the next few weeks I can show the Aberdeen fans that I'm here to be Aberdeen captain and that I want to be here. All I can do is do well on the pitch and hopefully they will take to me. However, as I have already said, most of the fans have been brilliant." The Dons had looked the side most likely to find a winner until youngster Ryan Jack was shown a straight red for a wild lunge after 65 minutes. Foster believes the 18-year-old will learn from the incident. He explained: "Ryan admitted that he caught the guy. I haven't seen the replay but at the time it looked like both feet were off the ground and I think by the letter of the law the referee was correct to send him off. Ryan is a young boy and I think he was just caught up in the moment but he will learn from that. We will get him back in a couple of weeks a better player." Cillian Sheridan was disappointed not to be able to help St Johnstone to an opening day victory over the Dons. The former Celtic striker has re-joined the Saints on-loan from CSKA Sofia until January and is looking forward to his second spell at the club. He said: "I'm happy to be back here and I have good memories from being here the last time. It was a tough game and the wind made it difficult for the players. We knew it would be a hard game up here but we are a little bit disappointed that we didn't come away with all three points." However, the Irishman has not ruled out a return to Bulgarian football after his six-month spell in Perth. He added: "You can never say never. You don't know what is going to happen in January as they could have strikers out injured. I still have two years left on my contract so I will just have to see where I am in January."