LODEWIJKS ADDS ANOTHER YEAR TO DE KUIP CAREER

Patrick Lodewijks’s outstanding performances between the sticks this season have earned the goalie an extra twelve months’ as a player at Feyenoord. The 38-year-old was set to hang up his gloves at the end of the current campaign, but the club has made it clear that it wants to hold onto him. That all means that Lodewijks will delay his retirement from playing until 1 July 2006, when the Eindhoven-born goalie will take up a position as keepers’ coach at the club.

Patrick Lodewijks arrived in Rotterdam in 2002 as cover, but he’s earned himself a place in the starting eleven ahead of the likes of Edwin Zoetebier and more recently Gabor Babos. ‘Things have gone a little different from what I had expected,’ Lodewijks admitted in the official match-day programme Sunday. ‘When I signed for Feyenoord I hoped in any event that I would play once before I ended my career. That has become almost 50 competitive games and I’ve ultimately claimed the Feyenoord keeper’s jersey three times. What should have been the pudding has become a full-blown four-course dinner.’
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