Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has suggested that goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski is part of a group of players who could get offered new deals and insisted that he is content with life at Ewood Park.
Kaminski arrived at Blackburn in the summer as Rovers looked to bring a new number one after Christian Walton had returned to Brighton from his loan spell. The keeper arrived at Ewood Park on a two-year deal from Belgian side Gent with the option for a further 12 months. However, he will be entering the final year of his existing deal in the summer depending on whether that option is taken.
The 28-year-old has been an impressive performer in his debut campaign in the Championship. He has been averaging 2.3 saves per game and conceding an average of one goal per match, whilst also recording ten clean sheets in his 36 league appearances (Sofascore). That has put him up with some of Blackburn’s most consistent and important performers this term.
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Speaking to Lancashire Live, Mowbray suggested that Kaminski’s contract situation is one the club are looking at as the summer window approaches. While he also insisted that the keeper has relayed to him how happy he is at Ewood Park following his move to the club last summer.
He said: “I think Thomas fits into a criteria with a lot of players. Something I tell the chief executive and the owners most days about contractual situations with players, you have to put into context the year with just had, the zero revenue just about coming into this football club it’s really difficult to just keep throwing loads of money at the players with no revenue coming in, and yet you have to be very conscious of their contractual situation and how long they’ve got to go and the ones that you really like and protect the assets.
“They’re just ongoing situations that I talk to the chief exec on a regular basis about and I hope in mind of course what happens is sometimes the advisors of some players, particularly if a player’s doing well, take their demands out of reach of a football club.
“Other times it’s a negotiation and where do you stop, where do you say we can’t do that, that’s not within our parameters. We’ll roll on.
“Thomas is a player that we really admire and he’s done really, really well since he’s been at this club. What I would say about him is he’s very, very humble and he’s really enjoying his time at this football club.
“He tells me every day that he loves being here and working with the group. I think we’re all a bit frustrated the way the season has panned out, of course, but I think Thomas is very happy in his environment.”
Mowbray is right that Blackburn need to be careful with the contract situations of several important players and not let them run down to a point where they lose control over their potential futures. Kaminski has been an impressive performer for the club and looks to be the right option to be their number one for the next couple of years at least.
The 28-year-old’s form will likely start to attract interest from elsewhere were it to continue over the next few seasons and that could mean that over clubs come in for him. However, Blackburn have time now to try and tie him down to a longer-term deal so that they have security over who will be their first-choice keeper moving forwards.
It is a major positive that Kaminski feels that he is settled and enjoying his time at Blackburn and shows that there remains a good spirit around the club even if they have underperformed this term in the Championship. Keeping hold of crucial players like the keeper will be vital for Mowbray’s side if they are to challenge for promotion over the next few years.