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Jensen hails Crues as he makes exit

Brian Jensen

Brian Jensen has admitted he's disappointed his wonderful Crusaders adventure has come to an end.

The former Burnley shot-stopper was informed by Crues boss Stephen Baxter last night that he wouldn't be offered a fresh contract.

Jensen was snapped up by the north Belfast side last May after a spell at League Two side Mansfield Town and he leaves Northern Ireland with a Danske Bank Premiership winner's medal around his neck.

The Danish keeper, who will be 43 next month, was loved by the fans and players at Seaview and he pulled off big saves as the Gibson Cup was brought to the Shore Road for the third time in four years.

"I'm disappointed to leave Crusaders but that's how it goes in football sometimes," said Jensen.

"The club have their own plans and no player is bigger than the club.

"Crusaders have other plans and I accept that. I've really enjoyed my time there and the next step for me would have been Champions League football - experiencing the Europa League last year - but it wasn't to be.

"I would have played on for another year but of course I respect manager Stephen Baxter's decision. It's nice though to go out on a high after winning the title, my first one," he added.

"As for my future things have just happened so it's too early to make a call on that, we will see what opportunities arise.

"I'll never forget my time at Crusaders and will keep in touch with a lot of the boys. The club showed faith in me and gave me the opportunity to play in Europe and win a title. It's been a great period of my career and I wish the club every success in the future."

Jensen added on Twitter last night: "A massive thank you to @CrusadersFC for looking after me and giving me the opportunity to win my first title. Great club and I wish them good luck in the future."

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