Rovers extend Friedel contract
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The American number one was superb in his performances for both club and country this past season, helping the Ewood Park outfit avoid relegation as well as earn success by winning the Worthington Cup.
The tall 31-year-old went on last month to help lead the United States to its best finish in a World Cup finals since the first-ever tournament in Uruguay 1930.
Friedel's new deal will keep him with Graeme Souness's side until the summer of 2006, by which time he will be 36 years of age.
The Rovers boss is delighted to have Friedel for the next four seasons, having revived the custodian's career when he brought him to the Lancashire club on a free transfer from Liverpool in November 2001.
Souness told the club's official website: "I had worked with Brad before and I knew right from signing he was right for this club.
"Rovers fans have known for some time how influential and capable he is, but I've known for years.
"His performances last year were exceptional and his World Cup displays were outstanding.
"But I wasn't surprised a bit. He is very important to our squad and our plans, it's good news all round."
Blackburn chief executive John Williams added: "Brad's status amongst the goal-keeping fraternity is beyond question.
"We are all absolutely delighted he has agreed a new long-term contract."
The big American expressed his delight at the new deal with Rovers, telling Sky Sports: "I've enjoyed my time at Rovers.
"We agreed on a new deal before the World Cup because I didn't want this hanging over my head."