Dave Rushbury praises managerial partner Martin Foster for contribution to Matlock Town

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Dave Rushbury heaped praise on his younger managerial partner Martin Foster for the “huge contribution” he has made since the pair took over from former boss Mark Atkins earlier this season.

Foster and Rushbury initially took temporary charge after Atkins resigned on 4th October, but were named as Atkins’ successors in joint roles four weeks later.

Rushbury (58) has worked alongside Foster (37) in the latter’s first managerial post.

“He’s the key to how we operate” Rushbury said. “He’s been an absolute rock both on and off the field.

“He’s worked tirelessly on his fitness and also looked at the opposition as well as speaking with a lot of players.

“He’s been like a Duracell battery, showing also just the exact physical and mental approach to get back playing if needed.”

Foster fractured a leg in a pre-season match at Handsworth Parramore in July, but fought his way back to fitness to make a couple of recent cameo appearances as a substitute recently.

“He’s been a positive change for us both times he’s come on,” Rushbury added. “He’s taken on the mantle of playing because he has that hunger still to do it. “But he’s there in a supportive role to the lads rather than saying he’s still a player. The good thing is that the lads respect him as a person and for his ability and that’s important.”