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In profile: Tomasz Kuszczak

In profile: Tomasz Kuszczak

New Watford loanee Tomasz Kuszczak was born in Krosno Odrzanskie, Poland on March 20 1982.

The 6'3 goalkeeper spent his youth career with Slask Wroclaw and Uerdingen before his first big move, to Germany, with Hertha Berlin.

Kuszczak linked up with Hertha Berlin in 2000, initially with their second team for whom he made 87 appearances. Despite being promoted to the first team in 2001, Kuszczak failed to make a first-team appearance for the Bundesliga side and was third-choice behind ex-Palace stopper Gabor Kiraly and Christian Fiedler.

West Bromwich Albion was Kuszczak's next stop, signing on a free transfer following the expiry of his contract with Hertha.

In two years at the Hawthorns, Kuszczak succesfully wrestled the number one jersey off of veteran Russell Hoult and the injury-prone Chris Kirkland, making 31 league appearances for the Baggies.

During that time, the Pole attracted the interest of Manchester United and signed on loan for the 2006-07 season with a view to a permanent move to Old Trafford.

Despite failing to dislodge Edwin Van Der Sar as the Red Devil's number one, Kuszczak completed a move worth £2.125m in the summer of 2007, a deal which saw Luke Steele and Paul McShane move to the Black Country.

Kuszczak's stint with United proved extremely frustrating as he made just 26 league appearances for Sir Alex Ferguson's side before arriving at Vicarage Road on-loan.

Ferguson blocked a loan move to Leeds United for his fourth-choice 'keeper, now behind David de Gea, Anders Lindegaard and Ben Amos, who has yet to make an appearance this season.

Used mainly in the domestic cups and occasionally in Europe, Kuszczak became frustrated with his bit-part role with the Champions and announced his intention to leave the Theatre of Dreams when his contract expires this summer.

Welcome to Vicarage Road Tomasz, we hope you enjoy your stay.

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Writer:Tom Bodell
Date:Wednesday February 22 2012
Time: 11:24AM

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