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Friedel Commits Future To Rovers

Friedel Commits Future To Rovers

Blackburn Rovers' goalkeeping department has been covered until 2009 at least with the excellent news that Brad Friedel has agreed a new deal with the club.

Friedel has agreed a one-year extension to his current deal that will take him through until 2009, when he will be 38-years-old and almost certainly see him end a career with Rovers.

In a day and age when so many are out for all they can and some don't even have a shave without consulting their agent Friedel agreed the deal himself without his being present, over a quiet chat with Rovers chairman John Williams.

Friedel said:

"I love this club. My agent is Paul Stretford, but I did the deal myself. I had a nice chat over a cup of coffee with chairman John Williams. There was no need to go in and have a big battle."

Friedel has a Soccer School in his native America and it is no secret that he intends to play a more hands on approach in this in the future, but we now know this will not be until 2009 at least.

Do I think 2009 will be the end of the Friedel Rovers story? I honestly hope not and genuinely think that he could carry on until at least 40 if he wanted.

What do we all think? Share your thoughts below…

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Date:Saturday April 14 2007
Time: 1:27AM


IF he wants to carry beyond this deal we could have him here until 2011 easily I feel. This is EXCELLENT news for the club as I genuinely believe that Brad is still one of the best goalkeepers in the world (as he has been from the minute he arrived at Ewood Park). How Liverpool must have regretted letting him go, especially after some of the clowns the had after him. Petr Cech is the only Premiership goalkeeper that I would honestly rate as better than Bradders!
Hughes Da Man
14/04/2007 01:30:00
he used to be one of the best, but last 2/3 years he has been getting less solid in my opinion, more and more goals a season are his fault. i would still rate him in the top 10 in the prem though.
14/04/2007 12:10:00
Get out of it Mike "less solid" quite the opposite! I'm HONESTLY being as unbiased as possible but he is hardly EVER at fault for a goal. Without him we arguably wouldn't be in tomorrow's Semi Final let alone the Premiership!?!? BomBom has a theory on Bradders and your opinion is kind of supporting it when I wasn't sure he was right. Top five at least let alone top 10, AT least five of these others wouldn't be fit enough to even velcro up his gloves!!!
Hughes Da Man
14/04/2007 12:25:00
well i won't deny he makes some good saves, but to be classed as the 2nd in the prem he needs to offer more than that i'm afraid. And even his shot stopping, i can guarentee you will find 5-10 goals this season which he should of saved. he isn't a bad keeper no, but he is never top 2.
14/04/2007 12:27:00
My challenge for you Mike then is to find these 5-10 goals that he should have saved this season, you'll be hard pushed to find them though! BomBom's theory is if he played for United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool (I know he did!) etc. then he'd be rated more highly, didn't agree at first but the more I think about it the more I do agree.
Hughes Da Man
14/04/2007 13:04:00
If you give me clips of all the goals you have conceded then i would. As for your theory on who he plays for? disagree that my opinion anyway is swayed by this, maybe by some of the media, but why would i as an everton fan believe players are better just because they play for the big 3 or liverpool.
14/04/2007 13:13:00
Friedel is an absolute legend. I cannot remember a goal and said geez, he really should of saved it. Consistently one of our best players and i believe that he does not recieve any compliments to the level he deseves. Every 1 said bellamy carried us to europe last year, well if bellamy carried us there then friedel drove us into europe
14/04/2007 15:16:00
Another season of the Premier Leagues best Goalkeeper. Fantastic... Less solid!?!?!? what a joke... he never makes a mistake... can you name a mistake he has made? He is worth more points per season than ANY Premiership goalkeeper. Alex Ferguson tried to sign Brad before he tried to sign Van Der Sar. Everton Mike I know you are entitled to your opinion but the points you make are just plain wrong... I can't name one mistake he has made in 7/8 seasons at our club... THE VERY BEST is what he is.
14/04/2007 16:56:00
I think he is a great goalie, i cant remember a mistake he's made recently, didnt like him when he was with the RS (for obvious reasons haha) but my heart sinks a little, every time he is in goal when you play us, because i know its hard to score past him.
weeman john
14/04/2007 17:38:00
great signing i have always rated him
14/04/2007 19:03:00
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