Gerhard Tremmel signs new Swansea City contract
MICHAEL Laudrup today paid tribute to Gerhard Tremmel after the goalkeeper signed a new deal at Swansea City.
Tremmel's contract was due to expire at the end of this season.
But the 34-year-old has put pen to paper on a new two-and-half-year deal which ties him to the Liberty Stadium until the summer of 2015.
The new agreement also includes the option of adding a further 12 months, and is a reward for Tremmel's impressive form this season.
The big German has played 18 times this term thanks in part to Michel Vorm's injury troubles.
"I think I can say now without any doubts that we have two very good goalkeepers," said Laudrup.
"To be the second goalkeeper is probably the hardest role at any club — maybe they will play the odd cup game and that is the only chance they get to prove themselves.
"But I have been very pleased with what we have seen from Gerhard.
"He has had a chance because of Michel's injuries and within a couple of games, he reached a very good level."
Tremmel has played Swansea's last two Premier League games because Vorm has had a knee problem.
But the Dutch international has trained for the last two days and is in contention to reclaim his place in the side when Swansea host Queens Park Rangers this weekend.
"Michel looks fine, but we will have to see how he is tomorrow," Laudrup added.
Tremmel is the third Swansea player to sign a new deal this week after Leon Britton and Garry Monk, while Wayne Routledge is poised to put pen to paper after agreeing terms on an extension.
"It's good because these players are important," Laudrup said.
"We always have to move quickly to get these things sorted out because it's difficult for us to compete financially with a lot of other clubs in the Premier League."
Britton is battling to be fit for Saturday after injuring his ankle at West Ham last weekend.
Kemy Agustien, meantime, could come back into the fold after three weeks out with ankle ligament damage.