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Aussie keepers Bouzanis, Cisak providing headaches for Oldham boss Dickov

Oldham Athletic manager Paul Dickov admits he is in a good position from a goalkeeping point of view.

The Latics boss has 22-year old Polish-born Australian gloveman Alex Cisak as his number one whilst former Australian youth international, and Liverpool trainee, Dean Bouzanis is now pushing himself forward for the top mantle at Boundary Park.

Bouzanis joined Oldham on a free transfer in November and has only really got his chance in the past six matches following a shoulder injury to Cisak but he has performed brilliantly according to Dickov.

"A lot of credit goes to Dean because he's not played a lot of football this season," said the former Arsenal and Manchester City striker.

"We know Dean is a good keeper and the experience he's had in getting these games will be great for us and great for him.

"He's showed calmness, his kicking has been very good and we've said all along Dean is a talented boy. It's added competition for that position because, as well as Alex has done, Dean will be pushing him.

"I speak to (goalkeeping coach) Eric Steele at Man United a lot and they don't expect the young goalkeepers they've got there to reach their peak until 28 or 30. When you think we've got goalkeepers on the books who are 21 and 22 playing in the first team and performing well it bodes well for the future."

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Andrew Slevison
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