Bristol Rovers have made their fourth addition of the transfer window, as goalkeeper Jamal Blackman arrives on loan from Chelsea for the rest of the season.
The 6’6″ shot-stopper comes in to try and help Ben Garner’s side move back up into the playoff spots, following the injury to regular keeper Anssi Jaakola that sees him sit on the sidelines for the next couple of months.
Speaking to the club website, Garner said: “Jamal is a very talented goalkeeper and I’m delighted to welcome him to the football club.
“Jamal is someone who I actually tried to sign as a youngster at Crystal Palace, as his talent and ability was evident at an early age.
“He’s had a good upbringing at Chelsea and has benefited from a number of different loan spells throughout his career.”
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Blackman has previous experience in senior football having progressed through the ranks with Chelsea, before spending time on loan with Middlesbrough where he made one appearance.
16 games with Swedish club Ostersunds FK then followed, before he made 52 appearances on loan at Wycombe Wanderers as their first-choice keeper while in League Two.
The highly-rated keeper then got more experience in the Championship, making a combined total of 35 appearances for Sheffield United and Leeds United over the past couple of seasons.
Over the last six months, the keeper has been on loan with Dutch side Vitesse, but failed to play a game which led to his loan move to The Memorial Stadium.
Blackman is in line to make his debut for Ben Garner’s side at home to Fleetwood Town this Saturday.
Blackman is an excellent signing for Bristol Rovers, as he brings experience within the lower reaches of the Football League.
He will bring a sense of composure to the defence when claiming crosses, he is good with his feet and his large frame makes it easy for him to reach all types of shots, and he could be an excellent addition for Rovers.