Goals on Sunday: Brad Friedel says he's relishing his role at Tottenham

Last Updated: 06/10/13 2:04pm

Brad Friedel insists he is more ready than ever to leap off the bench when required and is happy with his understudy role at Tottenham.

The former Blackburn, Liverpool and Aston Villa goalkeeper, who moved to White Hart Lane in 2011, is acting as back-up for current Tottenham No1 Hugo Lloris.

"If you are younger and you want to be playing - think you should be playing - and are angry, you might not be ready to jump into the game."

Brad Friedel

Friedel told Goals on Sunday that he has never seen himself as a No2, but now at the age of 42 he is happy to still be involved in the game at the top level.

And he insists that, as well as being in great physical condition, he is, if anything, mentally more ready for the challenge of being called from the bench at a moment's notice.

"If this was 10 years ago then I would not be doing what I am doing now, and I will say that openly," he told Goals on Sunday.

"There was no way, in my mind, I was ever a number two, and nor am I today, in my mind.

However I am 42 right now and will be 43 in May and I made a decision to try to get extra years playing which I did when I joined Tottenham but at a top club with a top squad. That is what I wanted to do.

"I always knew they were looking for a long-term number one, which a club like Tottenham should have. You can't rely on a 40-year-old goalkeeper to be playing for you for ten more years.

"It is easy the concentration aspect of it. I keep myself fit and in top shape and I am ready to play in any game.

"If Hugo ever wants or needs some help I will try to give it to him if possible and I just love playing to be honest with you. I can jump into game-mode pretty easily.

"If you are younger and you want to be playing - think you should be playing - and are angry, you might not be ready to jump into the game. Mentally you might not be prepared. At my age, and what I am doing now, I am."