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Goalkeeper Brad Jones on the training ground with Feyenoord.

Keeper Brad Jones’ memorable season continues after his Dutch club had a big win overnight and he was lauded by UEFA following his impressive Europa League displays.

Jones’ Feyenoord progressed to the next round of the KNVB Beker (Dutch Cup) after a 5-1 drubbing of ADO Den Haag.

The 34-year-old one-time Caltex Socceroo only conceded three minutes from time with his side already 5-0 up thanks to a hat-trick from Dutch veteran Dirk Kuyt.

It capped a great day for the Aussie gloveman, who was also named in the official UEFA Europa League Team of the Group Stage. Jones was named as the competition’s best keeper despite Feyenoord failing to progress to the knockout phase. In such fine form, the WA-born shot-stopper may also be on the radar of the Caltex Socceroos again.  Elsewhere on Thursday, Massimo Luongo’s 50th appearance for QPR ended in a narrow defeat in England’s Championship. Despite dominating for large periods of the match at Loftus Road, Rangers were sunk by a late strike by Tom Ince to lose 1-0 against Derby County.

There was better news for Bailey Wright’s Preston North End, who came away with a 1-1 draw from their trip to Nottingham Forest.

The Caltex Socceroos defender played the full 90 minutes for Preston, who are now 11th in the Championship and just six points from the playoff places.

 

Football Federation Australia

 

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