Lonergan Makes Bolton Move

  • July 17, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton have completed the signing of Andy Longergan from Championship rivals Leeds United.

Lonergan is a 28-year-old goalkeeper and has signed a three-year deal at the Reebok Stadium, moving for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £200,000.

The former Preston North End stopper becomes Owen Coyle's fourth signing of the summer and the Wanderers boss believes he has got the perfect man to challenge Adam Bogdan for the club's number one spot.

"There were four clubs in for Andy so we are pleased that he signed for us," Coyle told the club's official website.

"We have a player who has a wealth of experience at this level and also his signing will add to the competition for the keeper's jersey."

Lonergan has admitted he faces a difficult challenge to prize the shirt from Bogdan, but he insists he joined the club in order to challenge himself in a promotion chasing team.

"I've come here to put pressure on Adam," Lonergan told the club's official website.

"I believe he was Player of the Year last season and did exceptionally well, so it's it going to be a challenge for both of us. But around the squad in general the competition is fierce.

"I've had the privilege of being the number one wherever I've been, so this is a change. It's going to be a challenge but you have to take challenges on.

"There's a fantastic squad. I was sat in the changing room today and you could see all the quality players here.

"There's a few of the lads I know pretty well from playing against like Matt Mills, while I used to play with Tyrone Mears. There are a few familiar faces in the backroom staff as well.

"A few other clubs had offers accepted but as soon as I knew of Bolton's interest and the way the club has conducted itself during the talks, I wanted to come here. I'm delighted that today is the day.

"I've played nearly 250 matches in this league and I've come close to getting out of it. The squad here is Premier League quality and I believe it is best placed to get promoted.

"This is the perfect move for me and I'm delighted that it has all gone through."

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