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I can't wait to get down to business at Crusaders: Jensen

 

By Conor McLaughlin

Brian Jensen says he's looking forward to showing what he can do when Crusaders return to European action this summer.

The 41-year-old former Burnley goalkeeper - recently released by SkyBet League Two side Mansfield Town - has penned a one-year deal with the Crues, whose regular custodian Sean O'Neill faces up to four months on the sidelines following surgery on a shoulder complaint.

The giant Dane, who also turned out for West Brom and Bury either side of a 10-year stay at Burnley, was persuaded to join the Seaview side by Crues' back-up keeper Michael Dougherty - who might just have talked himself out of featuring in the Europa League!

"I am delighted to sign for Crusaders and I look forward to getting involved with pre-season and getting to know the lads," said Jensen.

"I have heard good things about them from Michael Dougherty and I just now want to get the shirt on and show what I can do."

Crusaders were eliminated from last season's Champions League by Jensen's hometown club Copenhagen and will return to continental action as soon as June 29.

With such a quick turnaround to the start of the north Belfast side's new season, chairman Stephen Bell - whose club are also hoping to secure the signatures of Sean Ward and Josh Robinson in the coming days -was naturally delighted to conclude such a significant piece of transfer business so early.

"It is a quality signing and we know what this will do for Crusaders," said Bell.

"It is not everyday a professional of this calibre is offered and we had no hesitation in getting Brian over to sign the one-year deal. It is a marker set down as we build to the new season and Europe."

Fellow Euro entrants Ballymena United have, meanwhile, signed Fra McCaffrey up for another season in addition to announcing the release of Stephen McBride, Denver Gage, Gavin Taggart and Darren Henderson, with loanees Danny Wallace (Linfield) and Michael Kerr (Crusaders) returning to their parent clubs.

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