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Confirmed: Middlesbrough secure service of experienced player

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Middlesbrough have confirmed that experienced goalkeeper Andy Lonergan has joined the club on a one-year deal.

The 34-year-old was at Leeds United last season but was let go in the summer, with the Whites bringing in Jamal Blackman to compete with youngster Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

Lonergan has also played at this level for Wolves, Fulham and Preston, amongst others, over the years and will add more competition to the goalkeeping department.

Tony Pulis already has Darren Randolph, who is sure to start the season as number one, whilst Dimi Konstantopoulos is a back-up option.

Yet, the former West Brom boss still felt it was necessary to land Lonergan, with the club confirming the deal for the free agent on their website this afternoon.

Hover, his arrival could spell the end of Connor Ripley’s time on Teesside, with the 25-year-old now pushed further down the pecking order.

Therefore, Ripley, who joined Bury on-loan in January, is sure to find a permanent move before the deadline shuts in a weeks time.

The Verdict

This seems a strange move, as although Lonergan probably won’t play, they already have suitable options in the position.

Nevertheless, he is an experienced professional and is sure to be a good influence on the younger keepers coming through too.

Now, he will hope to show Pulis what he can do ahead of the new season and win the battle with Konstantopoulos to be the number two behind Randolph.

Thoughts, Boro fans? Let us know in the comments below.


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