Brian Jensen has previously played with West Brom and Burnley before moving to the Danske Bank Premiership. (©INPHO/Cameron Hamilton)


Having spent most of his playing career in the top two divisions of English football, goalkeeper Brian Jensen could be forgiven for taking his latest task between the sticks at Crusaders lightly.

"I’ve been really impressed so far, there was a lot of people who maybe talked the league down – but that’s not the case. It’s been all good so far so as long as the team work hard we know we’ve got the quality and can hurt anybody.”

The 42-year-old Dane has proved a shrewd signing from Stephen Baxter in May as cover for his regular custodian Sean O’Neill, who is likely to spend a large portion of this season on the sidelines through injury. Thankfully Jensen is already familiar with his new surroundings.

“I’ve been in Belfast and on and off since 2009 doing my coaching badges, so it’s good coming over to playing the games and continuing to train at home in the UK, whilst also once in a while training with the lads, it’s a really good arrangement.”

Referencing last night’s impressive victory over Linfield, the importance was not lost on Jensen; “Tonight was a big win for the club, we didn’t really beat them last year so it’s a bit of revenge but most importantly it keeps us knocking on the door to be top of the league.

“We’ve got Ards on Saturday, so we just have to keep working hard and the quality will look after itself and hopefully we get another good result then it’s game on!”

Next up: Crusaders welcome Ards to Seaview on Saturday (16 September) in the Danske Bank Premiership, kick-off:3pm.

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