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Hamer Joins City For The Season

Bristol City have completed the season-long loan signing of Leicester City goalkeeper Ben Hamer. 

The 27-year-old stopper – who hails from Chard, Somerset – has agreed a switch for the 2015/16 campaign.

Manager Steve Cotterill said: “Last season we went with an out and out number one all season in Frank Fielding and an inexperienced back up with Dave Richards.

“You can’t do that in the Championship so we’ve been looking to bring in another good keeper. Even though young Max O’Leary has done fantastically well in pre-season, we needed another experienced one so I’m delighted Ben has agreed to come on board.”

Hamer joined Reading’s Academy after being spotted playing for Somerset at county level.

In 2006 he spent a season on loan at Crawley Town, playing in all but one of their games and landing the Player of the Season award.

The following campaign he spent on loan at Brentford, the first of four spells in five years with the Bees. In total he made 79 appearances for the club and helped them to win the 2008/08 League Two title.

Hamer’s next loan destination was Exeter City for three months in 2011, before he brought his Reading career to a close in order to join Charlton Athletic.

In 2011/12 the custodian picked up his second title winner’s medal, as the Addicks claimed the League One crown.

Leicester City gave Hamer the opportunity of moving to the Premier League last year, a chance he couldn’t turn down. When regular number one Kaspar Schmeichel suffered injury, Hamer stepped up to the plate in his absence.

Now Hamer’s next task is to provide competition for Frank Fielding at Ashton Gate. He has been handed squad number 19.

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