Beastly Deal or Not?
Brian Jensen was interviewed on Radio Lancs yesterday hinting that Owen Coyle wants 'The Beast' to remain a Clarets player next season if they can agree a new contract.
'I'm hoping I'll still be here next season, said Jensen
'I can confirm we are talking, but we just need a little bit more confirmation from the gaffer and we'll take it from there.
'Everybody's questioning and everybody thinks I'm going somewhere, but at the moment I'm not going anywhere.
'I'm happy here, my family's settled and I definitely want to stay, so now we just have to see how that develops.
'I've bought a house back home in Denmark because I will go back some day, but the plans are probably two or three years from now.
'If we're going to continue here and do really well, why not stay until I'm too old to walk! Why not?
'If they want to keep me, then I'll stay.'
The Beast, 32 is now our longest-serving player but will be a free agent in the summer if he is not offered a new contract. Brian Jensen has been fortunate in many ways since coming to Burnley from West Brom on a free transfer five years ago. He was signed by Stan Ternent but in those days the defence leaked goals for fun and 'The Beast' was often blamed for the errors although in truth he was often let down by the back four. Confidence was clearly an issue in defence and maybe Jensen if he had a fault was not to inspire confidence in the back four and command his area.
However he survived that torrid spell and was still on the books when new gaffer, Steve Cotterill arrived. One of the first few signings Cotterill made though was to bring in a new goalkeeper, Danny Coyne and give him the Number 1 shirt! Many Clarets fans then thought the Dane's days must be numbered. However Coyne was plagued with two serious injuries during his stay and Jensen was given ample opportunity to retain his place.
Brian always seems better when there is competition breathing down his neck. He was close to leaving the club when Cotterill brought in a loan keeper, Mike Pollitt in the January window of 2007. He was angry about being dropped and put in a transfer request. However the survivor was back after he patched up his differences with the gaffer playing in the last nine games of last season.
In the close season of 2007, we finally said goodbye to Danny Coyne but we also recruited a new keeper signing Gabor Kiraly from Crystal Palace. He too was given the Number 1 jersey and again doubts about Jensen's future circulated around Turf Moor!
The survivor though again survived and this season has played 17 games so far compared to Kiraly's 29 and played a number of times under both managers with new gaffer Owen Coyle arriving in November 2007. Both keepers though have come under the cosh with Clarets fans being frustrated by terrible errors between the sticks.. Both keepers have spilled goals on more than one occasion and a number of significant points have been lost, points which could have kept us in the play-offs chase.
If Jensen does agree a contract what does that mean for Kiraly? Will we still have the same keepers on the books for the start of 2008/9? We definitely need some new blood between the sticks, preferably a younger keeper with prospects.
Maybe we will have three keepers in the squad although that does seem excessive when priorities for boosting the squad lie elsewhere.
Coyle did trial a young keeper in a recent reserve game,James Beasant. James is the nephew of his more famous Uncle, Dave. Nothing however seems to have come from that but it does perhaps indicate that Coyle is seeking a new option in goal.