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    Default Brad Friedel

    Not signing, but he was on Talk Sport on Monday with Stuart Pearce. Detailing his career in England, he stated he was discovered by Forest in the US. After a trial period Forest offered him a contract at the same time as Celtic.
    Brad chose Forest and all the details were ironed out before he went back to the US to talk to his family. After a couple of weeks his application for a work permit was rejected and he went back to playing MLS football. Newcastle also tried later and were unsuccessful. Funny how Liverpool then came in and the permit was granted with no problems at all!

    Shame it never went thoguh. A quality keeper and consumate professional!

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    He did have WP problems at Liverpool too initially if I remember?


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    Default Re: Brad Friedel

    When forest were after him did he meet the international cap quota?


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    Default Re: Brad Friedel

    I never knew that. Damn shame. He was a great keeper.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Bumgardener View Post
    Not signing, but he was on Talk Sport on Monday with Stuart Pearce. Detailing his career in England, he stated he was discovered by Forest in the US. After a trial period Forest offered him a contract at the same time as Celtic.
    Brad chose Forest and all the details were ironed out before he went back to the US to talk to his family. After a couple of weeks his application for a work permit was rejected and he went back to playing MLS football. Newcastle also tried later and were unsuccessful. Funny how Liverpool then came in and the permit was granted with no problems at all!

    Shame it never went thoguh. A quality keeper and consumate professional!
    I think you'll find there was a fair bit of time between us trying for him and Liverpool getting him. I think he went to Turkey first, so probably started accruing USA national caps around that time.


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    Default Re: Brad Friedel

    Tutts is right.

    Friedel hadn't met the criteria for a Work Permit hence our application was denied.

    When he went to Liverpool, initially he was denied there, but they appealed and won the appeal.

    The rest, as they say, is history...

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    Default Re: Brad Friedel

    Yeah, well, we got Marco Pascolo so we won out in the end.


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    Well, details. Still a big shame we never had him!


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    Default Re: Brad Friedel

    Most underrated 'keeper in premiership history. He was amazing for Blackburn for so many season and nobody ever took a punt on him.


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    Default Re: Brad Friedel

    Billy would've ruined him.


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    Default Re: Brad Friedel

    My view at the time was that Forest should've had the benefit of the influence of it's local MP - and HM Cabinet Minister at the time - Ken Clark, in return for the hundreds of freebies he'd blagged in the CG directors' box over the years.

    As I remember, it was fairly public knowledge that Liverpool exploited some political influence to eventually obtain a WP for Friedel.

    Last edited by Otis Redd'un; 20-03-14 at 19:56.

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    Default Re: Brad Friedel

    In my view, possibly the most under-rated keeper in the last 20 years in the Prem. And I don't go out of my way to put yanks on a pedestal. Well rounded in all aspects, smart, great positioning, great hands, strong leader, tough....as stated, a consummate professional.


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    Default Re: Brad Friedel

    Quote Originally Posted by nffc13 View Post
    Billy would've ruined him.
    He would have played him up front


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    Billy would've ruined him.
    He would have played him up front
    No way. A winger.


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    Default Re: Brad Friedel

    Quote Originally Posted by PynchonForest View Post
    No way. A winger.
    Yeah quite possibly, he does look a bit like Steve Stone from a distance


 

 

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