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Posted Wednesday, August 1st 2018

Mäenpää becomes a City player

City have completed the signing of goalkeeper Niki Mäenpää.

The Finnish international has recently been on trial in BS3 and continued to impress during the club’s pre-season training camp in Marbella.

The 33-year-old has agreed a one-year deal at Ashton Gate, with a further year option, and arrives as a free agent after departing Brighton & Hove Albion in the summer.

Head coach Lee Johnson told bcfc.co.uk: “Niki has really impressed us during his trial period. He has the technical and personable skills to fit in nicely to this squad.

“He has spent a couple of seasons in the shadows and now he’s hungry to prove himself as a top goalkeeper.”

Having began his career with French side RC Lens in 2003, the shot-stopper moved to FC Den Bosch three years later.

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He then spent three seasons with Willem II, before completing a transfer to AZ Alkmaar in 2011, which followed a move to VVV-Venlo in 2012.

Mäenpää spent three campaigns with VVV-Venlo, including one top-flight Eredivisie season, and he won the club’ Player of the Season award, before joining Albion in 2015.

Mäenpää featured 11 times for the Seagulls, keeping six clean sheets.

The new arrival could be involved in Saturday's season opener with Nottingham Forest (August 4th, 3pm).

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