Manchester United goalkeeper Kuszczak signs new deal

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Manchester United backup goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak signed a two-year contract extension Monday that will keep him at the Premier League club until 2012.

The 26-year-old Poland international, who moved to Old Trafford from West Bromwich Albion last year, still had two years left on his contract.

"For the club to offer me an extension when I still have two years left shows the trust and support that I have from the club and Sir Alex (Ferguson)," he said. "I am so happy as I have had a great time so far but there is still so much to prove and I want to continue working hard to ensure my position within this great team."

Kuszczak was originally United's third choice goalkeeper behind Ben Foster, but became understudy to Edwin Van de Sar after Foster sustained a cruciate ligament injury.

He made 16 appearances last season as United won the Premier League and Champions League.

"We always like to sit down with all our young players as we want to look ahead and protect our future," Ferguson said. "Top goalkeepers are hard to find and I believe we have three of the best here and by securing Tomasz's future we can consolidate ours."