Crewe Alexandra have completed the signing of experienced goalkeeper Scott Shearer from Championship side Rotherham United.
The 33-year-old has signed a two year deal with the Railwaymen, and is a direct replacement for outgoing ‘keeper Steve Phillips who officially joined non-league neighbours Nantwich Town on Tuesday.
The Glaswegian has joined Steve Davis’ side as a player/coach and will help guide the club’s only other shot stopper Ben Garratt.
Garratt finished last season as Crewe’s number one and Shearer will provide competition for the 20-year-old.
The Scotland B international started his career with current Scottish League Two side Albion Rovers in 2000 before crossing the border to sign for Coventry City three-years later.
During his time with Rovers, Shearer joined the elite list of goal scoring ‘keepers when he netted the equaliser against Queens Park at the Scotland national football stadium, Hampden Park.
He played 41 games for Coventry in a two-year spell that included two loan periods with Rushden & Diamonds.
Shearer then had stints with Bristol Rovers, Shrewsbury and Wycombe before dropping into non-league to play with Wrexham.
He spent six months with the Welsh club before signing for fellow Conference side Crawley Town.
Whilst in West Sussex, Shearer played 47 times for the Red Devils, helping Steve Evans’ side gain Football League status in 2011.
After one season in League Two, Shearer followed manager Evans to Rotherham in May 2012 and played a crucial role as the Millers gained promotion to League One.
Rotherham then gained back-to-back promotions last season but Shearer, who started the season as number one, played only 14 games as the Millers secured Championship football for the 2014-15 season.
The signing is Steve Davis’ second in 24 hours with winger John Johnston signing a six-month deal from non-league Leek Town earlier today.