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ANKERGREN'S COACHING AMBITION

26 May 2016

The Albion shot-stopper is relishing the prospect of working more with Ben Roberts.


Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Casper Ankergren is looking forward to developing more as a coach, after the Dane signed a one-year contract extension at the club.
 
Ankergren has been given the opportunity to delve into coaching over the past season and felt that the chance to learn from goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts for another year was too good to turn down.
 
He said, “I’m delighted that they’ve given me another year here. I’m really happy, as I love the club and have seen an amazing transformation in the six years I’ve been here.
 
“I can’t speak highly enough of the manager. I really enjoy working under him, my team-mates and Ben, who I feel I have learned from in just one year.
 
“That goes from what we do in training, to the way he looks after his keepers. For me looking forward, I want to move into coaching and become a goalkeeping coach, so I have got a lot to thank him for.
 
“He knows what’s going on with all the keepers. Stocko [David Stockdale] has played a lot of games, so he needs something different to what I or Niki needs.
 
“The way he prepares us and knows what we need is just incredible. He knows whether or not we need some rest, or if we need to go in the gym and do weights. I’m really impressed with that.”

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The shot-stopper reflected on the way that the team has progressed during his time on the south coast and feels the club has gone from strength to strength.
 
“The club was in a good state when I got here, but getting promoted during my first year was vital, especially with the new stadium being built.
 
“In my six years here, you could say that we only had one year where the season didn’t go as we wanted. Besides that, I have had six fantastic years.
 
“There’s been so much progress with the new training ground and the players who have come through the door have been incredible.”
 
The 36-year-old is now relishing the prospect of continuing to share his expertise with the club’s young goalkeepers, but insists he will be ready to play whenever he’s called upon.
 
“I’m at the club as a goalkeeper and first and foremost, that’s my job. I’m there if needed to be called upon.
 
“Secondly, they gave me an opportunity to do some coaching, which is really good experience. I’ve coached the young goalkeepers at under-9s and under-12s too.
 
“I have also worked with under-21 keepers and Stocko, Christian [Walton] and Niki [Maenpaa]. It’s great to have that experience and not just working with the pros, but the young boys too. It’s been great and that’s what I’m looking to do next season and get as much coaching done as possible.”


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