The Toolstation Western Football League
Published 26th July 2012
.....with aspirations of successive promotions.
The Dorset club finished outside of First Division's top two in 2011/12 but climbed alongside Melksham Town and Cadbury Heath as part of league restructuring plans. And Foster will not be content with Gillingham just establishing themselves in the league as he focuses one eye on the Evo-Stik Southern League.
"Every season I start, my aim is not to survive, it is to try and achieve promotion again and that will be my aim again this season," admitted the former Yeovil Town, Rushden & Diamonds and West Bromwich Albion striker.
"Obviously it is going to be difficult but it is pointless going there saying, 'let's just establish ourselves' - that is not my way of thinking.
"I want to think 'let's go there, let's do well and see what happens' - that's my aim."
With this in mind, Foster has set about moulding a competitive squad and is casting his eye over a number of triallists in pre-season.
He said: "We have brought quite a few in to look at. We were top goalscorers last season so that was not a problem but we have added a couple of attacking players just to keep people on their toes.
"Defensively we need a little more cover, a bit more strength in depth so we have got four centre halves to have a look at plus we are looking at another keeper so it's looking good at the moment."
One member of the Gillingham back line Foster may be without is experienced Romanian defender Rus Alin-Yaler.
The centre half played on a professional basis in his home country but may be prevented from turning out for the club this season due to his job as a taxi driver.
Foster fears that the 36-year-old could be unavailable for selection unless he can satisfy the player's income needs. "If he plays in the day he has to drive at night and he'll be too tired," said the Hardings Lane boss. "I'm trying to find somebody who might be willing to sponsor him to cover some wages when he's got to drive at night.
"Obviously we can pay him in the day, which we do, but then it's the night time where he loses out so that's the only problem at the moment. We just need a little bit of something whether it's someone with a bit of money who might say 'we'll sponsor him' but at the moment we're in the process of trying to sort something out."