HE HAS fallen in love with Scotland and now Polish goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierzniak has set his sights on finishing his career at Dundee United.
The former Lech Poznan No.1 has been outstanding this season for Jackie McNamara’s high-fliers, who are bidding to get back to winning ways against St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park today. Cierzniak joined United in summer 2012 and, although he has signed a new contract until May 2015, he admits he’s already had thoughts of remaining on Tayside for the long haul.
“Of course, I would like to finish my career here,” he said. “At the moment, I couldn’t be happier and Scotland is my home now. I’ve played for many clubs throughout my career but this is the most settled I’ve ever felt.
“I love visiting Scotland as the people are so friendly. My wife, Donata, and I like to visit Edinburgh Castle. I have never felt like this before in my life. Everyone gets on well together, from the players to the backroom staff which makes all the difference. You never know what can happen in the future but right now it couldn’t be much better.”
Cierzniak has been singled out by his manager for some special praise, even though his attacking team-mates have been earning most of the rave reviews. And the 30-year-old keeper insists he’s been ably assisted by his defence as they prepare to try to shut out Tommy Wright’s Saints in Perth this afternoon and bounce back from the shock 4-1 defeat by St Mirren on Boxing Day.
He said: I’m really enjoying my football. It’s nice when the manager says positive things about you.
“My defenders help me and sometimes I help them. That’s how football works.
“A game like St Mirren can happen to anyone but it’s important not to dwell on that.
“We want to move forward into the new year in a positive way and a win at St Johnstone would help us do that.”
Cierzniak is glad today’s encounter gives the Tannadice men a quickfire opportunity to make amends in the wake of their loss in Paisley.
He added: “We are looking forward to try and get back to winning ways. I’m happy that we have a game so soon because it means we can pick things up again.
“I expect a very difficult game. St Johnstone are a very strong team who fight for everything.
“It was a poor performance against St Mirren. But we are only human and can make mistakes. As long as we can get back to doing what we were before the St Mirren game, I’m sure we will be fine.
“It’s got the potential to be a successful second half of the season and that’s what we’re all aiming for.”