Stoke City and England goalkeeper Jack Butland has offered his congratulations to David Stockdale on his move to Championship side Birmingham City, on Butland’s own Twitter handle.
31-year-old shot-stopper Stockdale signed for Harry Redknapp’s men on Tuesday despite helping Chris Hughton’s Brighton reach the Premier League last season, appearing in 45 of their 46 Championship matches, in which time he kept 20 clean sheets and conceded just 40 goals.
However, his contract at the AMEX Stadium was due to expire at the end of June, and Blues boss Redknapp got in there quickly to snap up the former Fulham and Hull goalkeeper on a free transfer, in which he signed a three-year deal at the club.
And former Birmingham employee Butland, who came up through the ranks at St Andrew’s and went on to make 46 appearances for the club between 2010 and 2013, has wished him well ahead of his time at the Midlands outfit.
— Jack Butland (@JackButland_One) June 13, 2017
The Stoke shot-stopper was on international duty with England in recent days, playing the second half of their 3-2 defeat to France at the Stade de France on Tuesday night, conceding once but making some key saves for Gareth Southgate’s men.
And he’ll know how great a club Birmingham is based on the fact that his efforts there earned him a move to top-flight outfit Stoke, a career move which has seen him become one of England’s best goalkeepers, and a likely future number one for his country.
And Blues chief Redknapp will be hoping that Stockdale can re-produce his fine form from last season at St Andrew’s next time round, so that they aren’t battling to stave off relegation on the final day of the campaign, like they were last term.
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