Bolton Wanderers sign Leeds United keeper Andy Lonergan

Andy Lonergan

Bolton Wanderers have signed goalkeeper Andy Lonergan for an undisclosed fee from Championship rivals Leeds United.

The 28-year-old, who played 38 times for Leeds last season, found his place at Elland Road under threat following the arrival of Paddy Kenny from QPR.

After Jussi Jaaskelainen ended his 15-year association at Bolton to join West Ham, manager Owen Coyle wanted another goalkeeper to challenge Adam Bogdan.

Lonergan has agreed a three-year contract at the Reebok Stadium.

He spent more than a decade with Preston, playing 232 games for North End before his move to Leeds last summer.

"There were four clubs in for Andy, so we are pleased that he signed for us," Coyle told the club website.external-link

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

Lonergan added: "A few other clubs had offers accepted, but as soon as I knew of Bolton's interest and the way the club conducted itself during the talks, I wanted to come here.

"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."

Lonergan joins Keith Andrews, Matt Mills and Joe McKee in joining relegated Bolton this summer.

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