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Euro lure key for Rangers new boy Wes Foderingham

By Andy Newport

Published 04/07/2015

Shot-stopper: Wes Foderingham has signed a three-year deal
Shot-stopper: Wes Foderingham has signed a three-year deal

Wes Foderingham revealed he joined Rangers for the prospect of playing Champions League football.

Rangers were consigned to at least another season in the Ladbrokes Championship when they lost 6-1 to Motherwell in the play-off final in May but Foderingham chose the Scottish second tier ahead of the English third tier after leaving Swindon.

The 6ft 1in keeper has signed a three-year contract with the option of another season after leaving Swindon following their own play-off final defeat, which saw Preston beat them to promotion to the Sky Bet Championship.

The 24-year-old revealed new Rangers manager Mark Warburton, who is continuing his attempts to sign John Eustace, had sold him on a move to Ibrox with his ambition.

"He just said he's got a three-year plan," Foderingham said. "Get out of the Championship, challenge in the SPL and obviously get into the Champions League.

"That suits me down to the ground.

"The long-term vision is what made me choose Rangers. This is a massive club - the most successful in the world trophies-wise, and I just wanted to come to be a part of that.

"We want to get back to the Premiership and challenge, and there is European football beyond that too." Foderingham shares an experience with several former Rangers players - having a bust-up with former Celtic forward Paolo Di Canio.

The then 20-year-old kicked a water bottle in disgust after his boss Di Canio substituted him after 20 minutes of a match at Preston when Swindon were two goals down.

Di Canio later labelled him "arrogant" and "unprofessional" but the goalkeeper focused on the positive memories of his relationship with the Italian.

"He's a good man to be fair. He knows his football, he's a good coach and I'm sure everyone knows about his other side. We had a good relationship."

Belfast Telegraph

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