Keeper Kamil Miazek extends Feyenoord stay

Kamil Miazek signed a new Feyenoord contract on Tuesday afternoon. The 18-year-old Polish keeper is now contracted to the club until mid 2017. Feyenoord also have first option on a two-year extension. Miazek will join the first-team squad as third-choice keeper at the beginning of next season. He takes the place of Ronald Graafland, whose contract expires at the end of this campaign.

Miazek currently plays for Feyenoord A1. In the most recent winter break he travelled with the Feyenoord squad to the training camp in Dubai. ‘That was a very good test for me,’ explained the Pole in almost faultless Dutch on Tuesday after signing his new deal. ‘It means a lot to me to be able to sign a new contract at Feyenoord and to be able to join the first-team squad after the summer. That means that the club has a lot of confidence in me.’

That was confirmed by technical director Martin van Geel. ‘We see that Kamil has a lot of possibilities. He joined our academy three years ago and has since made enormous progress as a person and as a player. It’s is not nothing to suddenly go and live far from your friends and family, but Kamil has been wonderfully taken care of and he has worked very hard. He is not only highly talented, he also has a fantastic mindset. That’s why we are now offering him the opportunity to take up the battle in the first team. He is not in competition with just any keepers, but we will give Kamil time and we have every confidence in him.’

Miazek sees the signing of his new contact as an important milestone. ‘When I arrived in the Netherlands my goal was to get into the first-team squad. I have been able to take some big steps in recent years, which I’m grateful to Feyenoord for. Hopefully next season will be the start of a good career in football. I realise that there is fierce competition for the position between the posts, but I will fight for it. My goal is to become Feyenoord’s first-choice keeper some day.’

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