Brighton and Hove Albion have completed the signing of goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak on a two year deal. The Polish international has been available since Manchester United released him at the end of last season.
The 30-year-old pinpointed the clubs ambition to push for the Premiership as the main factor behind his move to the south coast. He will bring a wealth of experience to the AMEX after an eight year stint in the top flight.
Kuszczak moved to United in a deal worth £2.1 million in the summer of 2006 after a string of impressive performances for West Brom. His chances were limited due to the consistent form of Edwin Van Der Sar and he recently fell down the pecking order. Last season Kuszczak was loaned out to Watford for the remainder of the season after Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that the keeper would not be offered a new deal.
There were Premiership and European clubs interested in the keeper but he stated Brighton’s ambition and the chance to play regular football convinced him. The Pole was very pleased with the clubs set up and believed everything was in place for a push to England’s top flight, he went on to say:
“I have played Premier League football for eight years, with West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United, and I believe the structure is in place here to join them. The manager and coaching staff, the team, stadium, crowds, through to the plans for the new training ground, everything is geared up for playing at the highest level and I could sense that ambition to be a top club straight away.”
It is Brighton’s first signing of the summer and it has been greeted with delight from the Albion faithful after seeing four goalkeepers take the jersey last season. Inconsistent performances from the men between the sticks had given manager Gus Poyet a major headache but the signing of Kuszczak will certainly be a massive boost.