Manchester United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak doesn't rule out permanent switch to Watford after his loan ends

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Picture: Action Images

First published in Sport St Albans & Harpenden Review: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy Group Sports Editor

“Right place at the right moment” is how Tomasz Kuszczak described his loan move to Watford and the Manchester United goalkeeper has not ruled out the switch becoming permanent at the end of the season.

Since leaving Hertha Berlin as a 22-year-old, Kuszczak has been playing in the Premier League, Champions League and for his national team Poland.

He only played 35 times during his three years at West Bromwich Albion but it was enough to persuade Sir Alex Ferguson to sign the goalkeeper.

Kuszczak has been limited to 48 outings at Old Trafford as he was understudy to Edwin Van der Sar but he was still viewed as second choice, making ten appearances last season and was on the bench for most of the campaign including the Champions League final.

However, the signing of David de Gea and the increased use of Anders Lindegaard has resulted in Kuszczak becoming surplus to requirements at Old Trafford and Sir Alex confirmed that he expects the 6ft 3ins ‘keeper to leave when his contract expires in the summer.

When asked if he was open to a move to a club like Watford on a permanent basis, despite plying his trade at the highest level for most of his career, Kuszczak replied: “Of course, I never close doors.”

“I am open minded,” he continued. “I want something new; I want to see how the football is in the Championship, get some games under my belt and just open options for myself.

“First of all, it is about enjoying my football. I enjoy being on the pitch, being under pressure and I didn’t have that.

“I am at the best age for a goalkeeper and I hope this loan is going to help me move forward, play games and put my career on the right path.”

It is an important couple of months for Kuszczak as not only does his contract with Man United expire in the summer, but he is desperate to play for Poland in the European Championships on home soil.

But Kuszczak stressed on more than one occasion that he has missed football in general and is desperate to get back playing competitively again.

He said: “It is very important to me because during your football career, you have times when you have to prove yourself – whether it is in the Premier League or the Championship, the Champions League or the Carling Cup.

“You have to be on the top of your game. Everyone makes mistakes but it must be limited and every game is important, that is why I am excited about coming here and playing first team football and see what happens after this period.”

Kuszczak was enjoying his football at Manchester United last season as he was involved with the squad on a regular basis, even if he only made ten appearances during the 2010/11 campaign. This season, he has been restricted to reserve matches.

He said: “It is difficult but I have been training really hard even though I was really disappointed.

“Last season I was involved in the first team all season long, played some games and was on the bench for the Champions League final. It was great to win the Premier League and it was a great season.

“But after that it stopped, and I have been out of the first team and it was tough for me not to be involved. But I moved forward and kept training hard because I knew I would have the chance to go somewhere and play football.

“I am still young, have a lot of experience; training with great players, winning trophies and played under different pressure.

“I had the chance to come here and I took it straight away because there is still two months of football, 14 games, and it is important for me to play again before the season finishes.

“At the beginning of next season, I will either go somewhere or stay here but it is definitely a time when I want to start to play and enjoy my football because I miss that.”

Kuszczak has a girlfriend and daughter who will remain in Macclesfield during his loan spell at Watford and he hopes to find an apartment close to the club’s training ground as “I don't like hotels”.

The current hour-and-40-minutes commute is not an issue for the goalkeeper though and he does not think his lack of football this season will be too much of an issue either as he is happy with his conditioning.

Kuszczak said: “The game is a question of having the right concentration and I am not saying that players who haven’t played in a while will be in their best form straight away but some players are injured for a year and come back, play a few games and are in the right form.

“I feel good, I feel confident and I feel prepared. Maybe it sounds stupid but I feel I am in the right place at the right moment.

“Let’s see how I look in the next couple of games but I am excited and I hope everything is going to move in the right direction.”

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11:18am Fri 24 Feb 12

dmuz says...

Got a feeling this guy could be a revelation.
Got a feeling this guy could be a revelation. dmuz
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11:26am Fri 24 Feb 12

cannons tours says...

What i have seen of him playing for WBA and MAN UNTD he is a quality keeper something we have needed for a while so may I say well done to the HORNETS for getting him.COYHs
What i have seen of him playing for WBA and MAN UNTD he is a quality keeper something we have needed for a while so may I say well done to the HORNETS for getting him.COYHs cannons tours
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11:43am Fri 24 Feb 12

Bush Hornet says...

Looking forward to seeing you in action tomorrow Tomasz. The saints will test you I'm sure. Have a good one
Looking forward to seeing you in action tomorrow Tomasz. The saints will test you I'm sure. Have a good one Bush Hornet
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11:54am Fri 24 Feb 12

rousman 2 says...

This bloke is a top draw Premiership keeper but look what happens when you fall out with Ferguson, he is still the best keeper at Man U when you look at the other v2 clowns they have, so I think we may only see him at WFC until the end of the Season, he is on £20k a week plus at Man U need I say more
This bloke is a top draw Premiership keeper but look what happens when you fall out with Ferguson, he is still the best keeper at Man U when you look at the other v2 clowns they have, so I think we may only see him at WFC until the end of the Season, he is on £20k a week plus at Man U need I say more rousman 2
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11:58am Fri 24 Feb 12

LE PARK says...

All the best and whatever you decide at the end of the season im sure will get the backing of the majority of fans.Great peice of dealing by the managment
All the best and whatever you decide at the end of the season im sure will get the backing of the majority of fans.Great peice of dealing by the managment LE PARK
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12:11pm Fri 24 Feb 12

buckler says...

Proper talk from a proper Goalkeeper! We will now see just how it should be done! Welcome to Tomasz and any poles that want to watch to boost the crowd!
Proper talk from a proper Goalkeeper! We will now see just how it should be done! Welcome to Tomasz and any poles that want to watch to boost the crowd! buckler
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12:37pm Fri 24 Feb 12

abbotshornet says...

I remember years ago when England had to beat Poland to qualify, the press branded the then Polish keeper as a "clown". He played a blinder against us and stopped our qualification. This guy sounds quality and will be replacing our "clown". COYH!
I remember years ago when England had to beat Poland to qualify, the press branded the then Polish keeper as a "clown". He played a blinder against us and stopped our qualification. This guy sounds quality and will be replacing our "clown". COYH! abbotshornet
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12:49pm Fri 24 Feb 12

Eastsussexhornet says...

Sorry to dampen everyone's feelings about tomorrow but has anyone seen the WFC website - seems Big Chris will be playing again. I really don't understand why.
Sorry to dampen everyone's feelings about tomorrow but has anyone seen the WFC website - seems Big Chris will be playing again. I really don't understand why. Eastsussexhornet
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12:54pm Fri 24 Feb 12

pstannard4 says...

Welcome to the Hornets Tomasz.

Sean - If he succeeds then there is only one thing:- SIGN HIM UP PERMANENTLY. This is a proper goalkeeper for Loach to have competition with.
Welcome to the Hornets Tomasz. Sean - If he succeeds then there is only one thing:- SIGN HIM UP PERMANENTLY. This is a proper goalkeeper for Loach to have competition with. pstannard4
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12:56pm Fri 24 Feb 12

lutondown says...

Eastsussexhornet wrote:
Sorry to dampen everyone's feelings about tomorrow but has anyone seen the WFC website - seems Big Chris will be playing again. I really don't understand why.
That's got to be a joke, please tell me it is!
There's an awful lot of disagreement on this site but it's nigh unanimous that Noone rates the statue.
Dyche will get slated if he does play him and it goes wrong yet again.
[quote][p][bold]Eastsussexhornet[/bold] wrote: Sorry to dampen everyone's feelings about tomorrow but has anyone seen the WFC website - seems Big Chris will be playing again. I really don't understand why.[/p][/quote]That's got to be a joke, please tell me it is! There's an awful lot of disagreement on this site but it's nigh unanimous that Noone rates the statue. Dyche will get slated if he does play him and it goes wrong yet again. lutondown
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1:00pm Fri 24 Feb 12

eltonsarmy says...

Get him in, cant wait and he is playing for a place in the Euros all adds up to being great for both parties, lets give the lads a huge cheer as he runs up to the rockery tomorrow.
Get him in, cant wait and he is playing for a place in the Euros all adds up to being great for both parties, lets give the lads a huge cheer as he runs up to the rockery tomorrow. eltonsarmy
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3:22pm Fri 24 Feb 12

not a regular says...

"PLAY OUR YOUNGSTERS, NOT SOME OTHER TEAM'S YOUNGSTERS!"

"PLAY SOME OTHER TEAM'S GOALIE, NOT OUR GOALIE!"

Oh, Watford fans. Tomasz, welcome, I look forward to seeing you in action. I just find it laughable that you have been bigged up as our saviour without even kicking a ball for us yet.

Still, here's hoping it all works out for both parties and hopefully you will get a spot to play in the Euros. Just don't be surprised when you get booed for letting in a goal against the division's most potent offense because you haven't run around enough.
"PLAY OUR YOUNGSTERS, NOT SOME OTHER TEAM'S YOUNGSTERS!" "PLAY SOME OTHER TEAM'S GOALIE, NOT OUR GOALIE!" Oh, Watford fans. Tomasz, welcome, I look forward to seeing you in action. I just find it laughable that you have been bigged up as our saviour without even kicking a ball for us yet. Still, here's hoping it all works out for both parties and hopefully you will get a spot to play in the Euros. Just don't be surprised when you get booed for letting in a goal against the division's most potent offense because you haven't run around enough. not a regular
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4:24pm Fri 24 Feb 12

lutondown says...

not a regular wrote:
"PLAY OUR YOUNGSTERS, NOT SOME OTHER TEAM'S YOUNGSTERS!"

"PLAY SOME OTHER TEAM'S GOALIE, NOT OUR GOALIE!"

Oh, Watford fans. Tomasz, welcome, I look forward to seeing you in action. I just find it laughable that you have been bigged up as our saviour without even kicking a ball for us yet.

Still, here's hoping it all works out for both parties and hopefully you will get a spot to play in the Euros. Just don't be surprised when you get booed for letting in a goal against the division's most potent offense because you haven't run around enough.
We'll be too busy manning at Doyley you ninny
[quote][p][bold]not a regular[/bold] wrote: "PLAY OUR YOUNGSTERS, NOT SOME OTHER TEAM'S YOUNGSTERS!" "PLAY SOME OTHER TEAM'S GOALIE, NOT OUR GOALIE!" Oh, Watford fans. Tomasz, welcome, I look forward to seeing you in action. I just find it laughable that you have been bigged up as our saviour without even kicking a ball for us yet. Still, here's hoping it all works out for both parties and hopefully you will get a spot to play in the Euros. Just don't be surprised when you get booed for letting in a goal against the division's most potent offense because you haven't run around enough.[/p][/quote]We'll be too busy manning at Doyley you ninny lutondown
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4:55pm Fri 24 Feb 12

buckler says...

not a regular wrote:
"PLAY OUR YOUNGSTERS, NOT SOME OTHER TEAM'S YOUNGSTERS!"

"PLAY SOME OTHER TEAM'S GOALIE, NOT OUR GOALIE!"

Oh, Watford fans. Tomasz, welcome, I look forward to seeing you in action. I just find it laughable that you have been bigged up as our saviour without even kicking a ball for us yet.

Still, here's hoping it all works out for both parties and hopefully you will get a spot to play in the Euros. Just don't be surprised when you get booed for letting in a goal against the division's most potent offense because you haven't run around enough.
You obviously don't go to many games? We haven't had a Goalie as you put it playing for us all season! That's why everyone is happy to see the a real keeper signed?
[quote][p][bold]not a regular[/bold] wrote: "PLAY OUR YOUNGSTERS, NOT SOME OTHER TEAM'S YOUNGSTERS!" "PLAY SOME OTHER TEAM'S GOALIE, NOT OUR GOALIE!" Oh, Watford fans. Tomasz, welcome, I look forward to seeing you in action. I just find it laughable that you have been bigged up as our saviour without even kicking a ball for us yet. Still, here's hoping it all works out for both parties and hopefully you will get a spot to play in the Euros. Just don't be surprised when you get booed for letting in a goal against the division's most potent offense because you haven't run around enough.[/p][/quote]You obviously don't go to many games? We haven't had a Goalie as you put it playing for us all season! That's why everyone is happy to see the a real keeper signed? buckler
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6:50pm Fri 24 Feb 12

Casterbridge says...

The Force is with you Tomasz, not to mention the Rookery. Watford are the Saints' bogey team: they've beaten us just once in 91 years! Let's keep it that way! COYH!
The Force is with you Tomasz, not to mention the Rookery. Watford are the Saints' bogey team: they've beaten us just once in 91 years! Let's keep it that way! COYH! Casterbridge
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6:53pm Fri 24 Feb 12

Casterbridge says...

Casterbridge wrote:
The Force is with you Tomasz, not to mention the Rookery. Watford are the Saints' bogey team: they've beaten us just once in 91 years! Let's keep it that way! COYH!
Of course, what I meant was "beaten us just once at Vicarage Road in 91 years".
[quote][p][bold]Casterbridge[/bold] wrote: The Force is with you Tomasz, not to mention the Rookery. Watford are the Saints' bogey team: they've beaten us just once in 91 years! Let's keep it that way! COYH![/p][/quote]Of course, what I meant was "beaten us just once at Vicarage Road in 91 years". Casterbridge
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8:12pm Fri 24 Feb 12

radlettman says...

Good bye Alec Chamberlain!!
Good bye Alec Chamberlain!! radlettman
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10:20pm Fri 24 Feb 12

MINTYHORNET says...

hope big chris isnt playing tomorrow cause hes worse than a clown a clown can kick a football
its harsh but true hes a nice guy but hes been shocking for all the wrong reasons this season
hope big chris isnt playing tomorrow cause hes worse than a clown a clown can kick a football its harsh but true hes a nice guy but hes been shocking for all the wrong reasons this season MINTYHORNET
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8:46am Sat 25 Feb 12

JohnnyHornet says...

pstannard4 wrote:
Welcome to the Hornets Tomasz.

Sean - If he succeeds then there is only one thing:- SIGN HIM UP PERMANENTLY. This is a proper goalkeeper for Loach to have competition with.
I remember this guys vividly when he was at West Brom, quality keeper, Outstrips what we got by a country mile, just make him a good offer now and get him permanently and make him no1, let Loach and Gilmartin go and work on Bond as no 2, whether Loach and Gilmartin were ever to play consistently well they have lost the confidence of the fans, that is if they ever had it.
[quote][p][bold]pstannard4[/bold] wrote: Welcome to the Hornets Tomasz. Sean - If he succeeds then there is only one thing:- SIGN HIM UP PERMANENTLY. This is a proper goalkeeper for Loach to have competition with.[/p][/quote]I remember this guys vividly when he was at West Brom, quality keeper, Outstrips what we got by a country mile, just make him a good offer now and get him permanently and make him no1, let Loach and Gilmartin go and work on Bond as no 2, whether Loach and Gilmartin were ever to play consistently well they have lost the confidence of the fans, that is if they ever had it. JohnnyHornet
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7:23pm Sat 25 Feb 12

chrisptrifle says...

Macclesfield to Watford in 1 hour 40 minutes. Good luck with that.
Macclesfield to Watford in 1 hour 40 minutes. Good luck with that. chrisptrifle
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