West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster has claimed that he is in the best shape of his career.
The 30-year-old is reaping the rewards of the club’s twice-daily pre-season training sessions and believes that the intensive schedule will leave them in prime condition for the 2013-14 campaign.
Steve Clarke’s side ended last term in eighth place after enjoying their best start to a season since 1953-54, notching up eight wins, two draws and losing just three of their opening 13 games.
However, Foster wants them to do even better this time around and is confident that their preparations will enable them to do just that.
“For the first third of last season we caught a lot of people off guard because of how fit we were,” he told the club’s official website
“That’s exactly what we’ll be trying to do again this season. We make no secret of the fact we’re doing long double sessions.
“We start our second session at five o’clock every day. The summer I’ve had has been fantastic, I managed to get a break but I’ve also been doing two-hour sessions in the gym every day.”
Foster is also excited about the arrival of experienced French striker Nicolas Anelka, who will represent his sixth Premier League club.
“Nicolas seems a really lovely lad,” he added.
“He’s going to be a fantastic addition to the squad.”