Middlesbrough completed the signing of Andy Lonergan today, with the experienced goalkeeper signing a one-year deal at the Riverside.
The 34-year-old had spent the previous season at Leeds United but was let go in the summer as the Whites made changes to the goalkeeping department.
However, he wasn’t looking for a new club for that long, with the Teesside outfit confirming that he has joined up with Tony Pulis’ men ahead of the new season.
— Middlesbrough FC (@Boro) August 2, 2018
The former Wolves man will enhance the options for the boss in goal, and he is likely to be competing with Dimi Konstantopoulos for the number two position, behind Darren Randolph.
His arrival should also spell the end for Connor Ripley, with the 25-year-old dropping further down the pecking order.
It’s fair to say this transfer didn’t go down too well with Boro fans, who are desperate for the club to bring in more creative options instead of a back-up goalkeeper.
Here’s how they reacted to the news on Twitter…
Proven winger at this level
— Reece Walker (@reecewalker59) August 2, 2018
A nice dynamic winger, love it lads
— Dan Sinnott (@dansinnott7) August 2, 2018
Welcome Lonners. Decent hands this chap. ????
— Mr Middlesbrough (@Smogonthetees) August 2, 2018
People need to chill out. He’s a free agent, no fee involved and is a reliable keeper. You can’t blame Ripley if he wants to move on for regular football and we need 3 keepers. I don’t suppose Pulis is sitting there thinking we can let Adama go now we’ve got Lonergan in.
— We're Middlesbrough! (@We_are_Boro) August 2, 2018
Right now sign players to improve the team. Cheers
— • (@UTB76) August 2, 2018
You make Gordon Strachans transfer business look good ffs
— The Fresh Prince (@_TY_97) August 2, 2018
— Glenn Colin Melvin (@glenncm2812) August 2, 2018