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Liverpool hero Jerzy Dudek: Considering my next move

Liverpool favourite Jerzy Dudek drops a few hints about where he'll be playing next season - and also runs his eye over last season's Polish League competition. With the end of the English season comes questions about where I will be playing once I leave Liverpool. I know there's been a lot of interest from fans who have followed my career about my transfer. Supporters are wondering 'just where is Jerzy Dudek going to play next season?' I can tell you that my advisors and I are working on several, increasingly concrete offers. They are very attractive and I must admit it's very nice to feel wanted! For strategic reasons, you'll understand that I cannot reveal the names of the clubs I am talking to - nor the one I prefer! But what I can say is that the situation is very interesting - and promising. Later this week I am having a few meetings concerning the issue. There's still a lot to go through, but I am really excited about what has been put in front of me and if everything goes well I will be able to tell you more very soon. Maybe my next move will be as equally spectacular as the Champions League final against AC Milan two years ago! Obviously, I reached the summit of the game on that incredible night in Istanbul. But that doesn't mean I've taken my eye off what is happening back in my homeland. It has been a couple of weeks since the end of the season in the Polish League - and it is a good time for a brief reflection on what happened. I may be playing in the Premiership, but that doesn't stop me being a mad Polish football fan. This past season the competition was very tough at both the top and the bottom of the table. The shock was certainly the finishing places of Legia and Wisla. They finished in third and eighth positions respectively. It was a very exciting season and there was a moment when as many as five teams were fighting against relegation. It was fascinating. During the last round in Zabrze the stadium was full of fans. I reckon the last time when there was such a huge crowd at the stadium was in the '80's when Gornik were achieving its biggest success. Such an interest in Gornik's matches makes me very happy because it proves that football is coming back to the traditional football cities. The teams, which were on the top in the past, are again fighting successfully for first and second in the league. Once there was a time when every bigger mine had its own club and provided the resources for it - on and off the pitch. When the prosperity of mines came to an end, many teams faced difficulties. However, the crisis turned out to be only temporary. It is a great thing for Polish football. I respect small cities, which represented successfully Polish football during the last years - like Grodzisk Wielkopolski or Wronki. On the other hand, it is difficult for teams from such small cities to build tradition, which needs to be fostered for many years going forward. It is hard to talk about any history, when there are no fans to support their team for better or worse. Supporters are clubs' chance to return to prosperity. For instance, in Zabrze or Poznan it is clear that the fans love football. And it is for these fans the players are playing passionately for. It's for such fans that I'm delighted to be writing for tribalfootball.com in partnership with my own website jerzydudek.eu. I'm excited about getting my message out to as many football fans as possible. I'll be regularly checking in at tribalfootball.com and you can also visit jerzydudek.eu where I am updating my diary - both in Polish and English - several times a week. It's all change for me this summer. A new move from Liverpool, a new adventure with tribalfootball.com, I'll keep you up-to-speed on how everything develops. For more from Jerzy, check out his official personal website: jerzydudek.eu

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