Borussia Dortmund goalkeeping coach Wolfgang de Beer says Mitchell Langerak’s attitude and willingness to bide his time as number two is a “godsend” for the club.
The 25-year-old shot-stopper returned to Dortmund training this week after a break following his 2014 World Cup commitments with the Socceroos.
Langerak has only made 18 appearances for BVB since joining the club from Melbourne Victory in 2010 and remains second choice behind experienced Germany international Roman Weidenfeller.
After four seasons as the club’s back-up goalkeeper and now in his mid-20s there has been discussion about Langerak trying his luck elsewhere.
Langerak failed to play at the 2014 World Cup, with 22-year-old Club Brugge stopper Mat Ryan preferred. The ex-Melbourne Victory goalkeeper's lack of game-time worked against his hopes of being number one in Brazil.
However, Langerak is determined to stay at the German giants where he is contracted until 2016, when Weidenfeller will be 36.
“I’ve totally accepted my situation and I will stay here,” Langerak told SPOX upon his return to training.
He added: “I want to be the Dortmund number one, there’s no question about that.”
Whenever called upon, Langerak has performed admirably for Dortmund, particularly given his Bundesliga record of nine wins and one draw from 10 games.
Langerak’s attitude and ability to remain committed at Dortmund earned praise from de Beer this week.
"For us it is a godsend, both his performances, as well as his character," de Beer told SPOX.
"It is not easy to remain so calm and focused for a long time, but whenever he is used he always gives 100 per cent.”
Dortmund take on Rot-Weiss Essen in a friendly this weekend, before their season begins on August 13 with the German Super Cup against Bayern Munich.