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Dec 13, 2012

Jones signs contract extension

Australian goalkeeper Brad Jones has committed his long-term future to Liverpool by signing a new contract.

Jones, who moved to Anfield from Middlesbrough in 2010, has been a back-up to first-choice Pepe Reina during his time on Merseyside.

Jones made only four appearances during his first two seasons at the club, but did play in April's FA Cup semi-final victory over Everton when both Reina and Alexander Doni were suspended.

The 30-year-old has moved up from third to second choice this season because Doni has been back home in Brazil on leave, and he has made ten appearances for Liverpool this season, filling in for four league games when Reina picked up a hamstring injury in October, as well as appearing in the Europa League and Capital One Cup.

Jones said on Twitter: "Very happy to be staying at such a great club. Only one place to be. YNWA [You'll Never Walk Alone]."

He added on the club's official website: "When [Brendan Rodgers] came in I don't think he was too sure about whether I was going to stay or not and I had to prove to him I was worthy of being here.

"He was very honest with me at the start and said maybe things weren't going to work out, but he was then just as honest to come and say to me I'd done well and proved myself to him.

"That's what you want from your manager - somebody that's honest, that you can talk to and is going to help you progress as a player. He's a big influence. He's a very positive guy and somebody that wants to be amongst the players, talking to them and making sure they know what he wants.

"I'm happy to stay on and happy the club have been supportive with me and I've seen enough to want to keep me here longer."

Rodgers has repeatedly indicated that Reina is his first-choice goalkeeper, but has also praised Jones for his professionalism in being ready to step in when needed.

"In the games Brad has played, he's showed he is a very loyal and supportive number two," Rodgers said recently. "When I came in during the summer, he had been the number three keeper but I've seen massive development and it's a great credit to him."

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