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City sign up keeper Fielding

Posted: Wed 26 Jun 2013
Author: Adam Baker
Frank Fielding

Frank Fielding

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Derby stopper pens three-year deal.

City have completed the signing of Derby County goalkeeper Frank Fielding for an undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old has penned a three-year-contract after agreeing terms and passing a medical.

Head coach Sean O’Driscoll told bcfc.co.uk: “Frank is somebody I’ve liked for some time.

“He’s a good height, his distribution is good and he has plenty of experience at Championship level, even with the England full squad.

“We were interested from the outset and then it was just a case of seeing if we could get it over the line.

“We’re delighted he’s finally signed and he’s a great acquisition for the football club.”

He added: “I think he’s lively and will keep the defence on their toes. He’s at an age where the best years are ahead of him.

“He’s played a lot of games for someone of his age and most of those games came at the level we’re trying to get back to.

“Frank is desperate to play football. It would have been easy for him to stay at Derby County or to move to another Championship club, but we’ve got a number one spot available and he’s taken this opportunity.”

Fielding has been a regular for England Under-21s and Under-19s over the years, and was called up for the national squad in August 2010, but is still waiting for a full cap.

Much of Fielding’s early experience was gained in loan moves, having come up through the ranks at his hometown club Blackburn Rovers.

Sustained spells at Wycombe Wanderers, Northampton Town, Rochdale and Derby County gave the keeper the opportunity to play more than 100 times in league football.

Derby turned his loan deal permanent in 2011, agreeing a three-year deal and a £400,000 transfer fee.

He soon became a regular between the sticks for the Rams and only a groin injury last season saw him lose his place in the side.

Now he has a new number one spot in his sights at Ashton Gate and he’s raring to go.