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City complete Steele deal

City have completed the signing of goalkeeper Luke Steele on a free transfer.

The 32-year-old has left Greek club Panathinaikos to link up with City, penning a one-year deal with a further year option.

Head coach Lee Johnson told bcfc.co.uk: “We’ve looked at a lot of names, different types, different styles and ages for potential goalkeepers.

“Of course we’ve got the opinion of goalkeeping coach David Coles, as well as Mervyn Day (scout) and Mark Ashton (chief executive officer) who used to be keepers.

“This deal has kind of fallen into place late and ticks all the boxes for what we feel we need at this given time.

“Luke has plenty of Championship experience and has played in plenty of big games, including in Europe. He’s still young for a goalkeeper at 32 and is very mobile and agile.

“He provides excellent, healthy competition for Frank Fielding, who I have to say has been outstanding this season.”

 

Steele began his career with hometown club Peterborough United, where he came through the youth setup.

After just two appearances for the Posh, Premier League giants Manchester United splashed out £500,000 for his services.

A regular for the youth teams at Old Trafford, Steele was forced to go out on loan to gain regular senior football, notably with Coventry City.

Then in 2006 he signed for West Bromwich Albion as part of a cash plus player-swap deal that saw Tomasz Kuszczak join the Red Devils.

Steele had another loan stint at Coventry, before moving temporarily to Barnsley. It allowed the keeper regular game time once more – and he even played in the FA Cup semi-final for the Tykes at Wembley.

In 2008 he signed permanently for Barnsley and was still there until 2014, making over 200 appearances for the South Yorkshire club.

Steele moved to Greece to sign for Panathinaikos in 2014 and he has been playing in the Greek Superleague for the past three campaigns.

City have now offered him a route back to England, the country he represented at Under-18, 19 and 20 level earlier in his career.

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