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Tottenham contract decision drops hint over Ange Postecoglou's future plan as loan call made

Brandon Austin has filled in as Tottenham's second-choice goalkeeper this season with Fraser Forster out injured
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Brandon Austin committed his long-term future to Tottenham at the beginning of the week after penning a new five-year contract in north London. With his previous deal expiring at the end of June, football.london reported in April that the club were in talks with the goalkeeper about extending his stay at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Having previously agreed to a fresh two-year deal in 2022, this time it was a five-year contract until 2029 on the table for the 25-year-old. It's fair to say that did come as a surprise to supporters for a couple of reasons.

Spurs' reserve goalkeepers have tended to extend their stay by two years in the past, with Alfie Whiteman the last to do so in February 2023. The length of contract was maybe also a surprise as Austin has yet to make an appearance for the Lilywhites in a competitive fixture.

However, the five-year deal he signed perhaps does drop a hint over Ange Postecoglou and Tottenham's plans for the future when it comes to the goalkeeping department. Austin did in fact finish the 2023/24 season as deputy goalkeeper to Guglielmo Vicario after Fraser Forster missed the final three months of the season due to a fracture in his foot.

Austin was an unused substitute in Tottenham's final 14 league games of the term, making it 18 in total after four other appearances on the bench prior to Foster's injury. Whether or not the Spurs academy graduate keeps his place as Spurs' No.2 heading into the 2024/25 season remains to be seen.

Austin's five-year deal suggests that he could take on the No.2 role at some point in the future as that is a considerable contract length for someone to remain third-choice goalkeeper. Tottenham will have a decision to make over Forster in one year's time as his contract is set to expire at the end of June 2025.

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An experienced shot-stopper to have on the books, the ex-Celtic man will turn 37 next March and the time may be right for Tottenham to look to the future and plan for the years ahead. Whereas Forster has a wealth of experience to his name after making 472 club appearances, Austin has only made 19 competitive appearances following loan spells with Danish side Viborg and Orlando City of the MLS.

The last of those 19 appearances came in July 2021 as Orlando lost 3-1 against Chicago Fire. The Hemel Hempstead-born player did get a good chunk of minutes in the tank in Tottenham's recent post-season friendly against Newcastle United in Melbourne but that is not classed as a competitive appearance.

If Austin is to be promoted to Tottenham's second-choice goalkeeper on a permanent basis at some point in the not too distant future, there is a distinct possibility that he could make his senior bow for the football club if Vicario is missing either through injury or suspension. Due to his lack of experience in senior football, a loan spell away from Tottenham is something the club may have to consider at some point as he could potentially be thrust into the Premier League spotlight with 19 senior appearance to his name and the last one coming all the way back in 2021.

football.london understands that the plan is for Austin to remain with Tottenham next season. Until first-team football does eventually come his way, the goalkeeper will have to continue putting in the hard work on a daily basis at Hotspur Way and ensure he is in the best position possible if called upon.

Speaking to SPURSPLAY following his contract extension, he said: "I've learnt a lot and that's evident. I'd say most importantly is that how together we are as a group. The camaraderie in the changing room, the standards and the level of training is really top and it's world class.

"That's what we have to demand from each other every day so that we can reach the top and reach the heights that we want to achieve."

Austin added: "Even if you're not playing you still have to be ready, focused and ready to play your part if called upon. Outside of that, it's about making sure that the team is in the best shape to go and perform, so that is being supportive, [offering] encouragement in the dressing room and on a day-to-day basis in training just making sure that your training levels are top and are you are really pushing each other so come game day you are ready to go."

Tottenham do have a busy summer with five pre-season games on the schedule so far and one extra to come in South Korea as they prepare for next season. Fresh from his appearance against Newcastle in Australia, Austin will be hoping that more minutes come his way as he looks to move up the Spurs pecking order on a permanent basis.

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