Bobby Olejnik: Exeter City keeper ready to fight for place

Bobby Olejnik
Bobby Olejnik has also played for Falkirk, Torquay United, York City and Scunthorpe

Exeter City goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik says he will have to earn the right to be the club's first choice.

Olejnik completed his move to St James Park earlier this week after his contract expired at Peterborough.

The 28-year-old will compete with 20-year-old Christy Pym and James Hamon, 19, for a place between the posts.

"I'm senior in age, but I'm never somebody who will say 'I'll be number one' or 'I'm senior and I should be playing'," Olejnik told BBC Sport.

"I see everyone as competition, whether they're 17 or 35, whatever age they are. For me it's always competitive.

"I'm somebody who likes competition, I can't deal with not having competition, I almost feel that I play worse without competition, so I have to have somebody that's there pushing and fighting to get that number one spot."

James hamon (left) and Christy Pym
James Hamon (left) made 22 appearances last season, while Christy Pym played 27 times

Manager Paul Tisdale says he is pleased to have the former Austria Under-21 goalkeeper alongside Pym, who has played for England at Under-20 level, and highly-rated teenager Hamon.

"I have a great situation with three excellent goalkeepers, it's a high-quality problem to have," Tisdale said to BBC Sport.

"We've got two very talented young goalkeepers at the moment, but this completes that department for me - we've got three goalkeepers competing now.

"Bobby does bring a presence to the goalmouth and hopefully that will rub off on Christy and James. He's got personality and he sets a tone."

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