Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale has moved to Championship rivals Brighton and Hove Albion for an undisclosed fee, confirms both parties.
The twenty-eight year old has agreed to a three-year deal at the AMEX stadium, for a fee believed to be around the £1M mark.
Stockdale has a new challenge ahead of him with Brighton, after his six year spell with Fulham.
The Seagulls have had a goalkeeper position free since releasing Tomasz Kuszczak, and have turned to David Stockdale to fill the position.
Stockdale has plenty of Championship experience, helping Hull City to promotion a couple of seasons ago during a loan spell there, along with playing for the likes Leicester City, Ipswich Town and Plymouth Argyle also on loan.
The Leeds born keeper’s career started off at York City in 2003 and spent three years there before moving on to play for neighbours Darlington.
Stockdale was then Craven Cottage cottage bound in 2008 after agreeing a move to the London club believed to be worth around £600,000, as other Premier League clubs missed out on the keeper’s signature.
New Brighton boss Sami Hyypia has expressed his delight over the signing of Stockdale, when speaking to the club’s website.
“We are delighted to have completed David’s signing from Fulham, and I am pleased to welcome him to the club,” the Seagulls boss said.
The Finnish manager added, “It is a transfer we have been working on for some time – and David is a goalkeeper with excellent pedigree. He has got very good experience of the Premier League and Championship, but at 28 is in his prime.”
Albion’s goalkeeping coach, Antti Niemi, played alongside Stockdale at Craven Cottage, and Hyypia is hoping that this will help Stockdale out during his time on the South coast.
“Antti knows David very well from their time together as players at Fulham. He knows his strengths and attributes, and David was on the fringes of the England senior squad not too long ago,” said the former Liverpool player.
Hyypia is also satisfied with his goalkeeper options ahead of the new season, with the Seagulls already having Casper Ankergren and Christian Walton as options for the goalkeeper role.
Whilst at Craven Cottage, Stockdale made thirty-nine appearances.
Stockdale will wear the number thirteen at Brighton and Hove Albion for the upcoming season.