Former Shakers’ goalkeeper Brian ‘Beast’ Jensen has returned to the club to take up the role of First Team Goalkeeper Coach.
Beast played for the club between September 2013 and May 2014, making a total of 39 appearances in all competitions.
He was a fans’ favourite during his time at the club, picking up both the Fans’ Player of the Season and the Bury Times’ Player of the Season at the End of Season Awards Dinner.
The 42-year-old Dane has had a lengthy career, playing in a total of 458 games for the likes of AZ Alkmaar, West Bromwich Albion, Burnley, and, of course, the Shakers.
During his time with Burnley, he was in goal for their play-off final victory over Sheffield United, keeping a clean sheet as the Clarets won promotion to the Premier League with a 1-0 win.
He was a First Team regular in their inaugural season in the top flight and was named man of the match when the Turf Moor outfit beat Manchester United. His string of saves and penalty save from Michael Carrick ensured another clean sheet in the 1-0 victory.
Last season he played in 40 matches for Crusaders as they won the NIFL Premiership, earning a place in the Champions League qualifiers.
Brian has signed a two-year contract and is delighted to return to one of his former clubs: “When Lowey called, there was no hesitation. I didn’t want to leave when I did, and I’m thrilled to be back. I’ve performed the dual role of goalkeeper/goalkeeper coach before at Crawley, Mansfield and here, so I’ve sort of gone through a transition phase to get to this point.
"This is my first full-time coaching position, I’m here to learn, and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Brian is an outfield A License coach, having earnt the qualification in 2010, and he is currently undergoing his UEFA A Licence Goalkeeping course – the highest qualification available for goalkeeper coaches.
Manager Ryan Lowe is thrilled to add Beast to his backroom team: “Brian is someone who knows the club and is very experienced for this role.
“Brian still playing at the age of 42 just shows the type of professional that he is and I am delighted to have him on my backroom staff!”