Richard Foster set for Championship test at Bristol City

Richard Foster
Foster made 275 appearances for Aberdeen

New Bristol City signing Richard Foster believes his move to the Championship will make him a better player.

The 26-year-old, who can play on both wings or at full-back, arrived at Ashton Gate last week on a two-and-a-half-year deal from SPL side Aberdeen.

"It was hard leaving Aberdeen but it was a move I definitely had to make," he told BBC Radio Bristol.

"You always want to better yourself and a step up from the SPL is definitely the Championship."

He continued: "In the SPL you tend to know the guy you're up against and they know what you're going to try and do - a lot of the games are just a stalemate.

McInnes influenced switch - Foster

"Down here is a new challenge for me - there's a lot of good teams and players. I'll find it difficult but I'm sure I can cope."

The move to Bristol is Foster's first career venture outside of Scotland. He made his Aberdeen debut aged 17 and also enjoyed a season-long loan spell at Rangers.

He admits that the chance to work with Bristol City manager, and fellow Scot, Derek McInnes was a major reason for his switch to England.

"I'd never worked with him personally but I knew what he'd done at St Johnstone," said Foster. "The guys I spoke to were really positive about him.

"He phoned me up and after speaking to him I felt it was a move I had to make."