Neil Etheridge leaves Walsall for Cardiff
Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge has rejected a new three-year deal at Walsall to move to Championship side Cardiff City, it has been confirmed.
The 27-year-old, who has made over fifty international appearances for the Philippines, will officially join the Bluebirds on July 1 when his Saddlers contract expires.
Etheridge was snapped up by the Saddlers in the summer of 2015 and went onto firmly establish himself as the club’s number one.
Cardiff initially enquired about the glovesman back in January but were put off by Walsall’s asking price.
But he will now move to Wales on a free transfer much to the delight of Cardiff boss Neil Warnock.
“We haven’t had a big goalkeeper, and this lad is 6”2,” Warnock said.
“He’s always come out on top when we’re talking about goalkeepers and we’re delighted that he’s agreed to sign from 1st July.
“He’s looking forward to the challenge ahead and trying to establish himself as the number one ‘keeper. He’s at a very good age and will be a very good addition to the squad.”
A statement released by Walsall read: “Walsall Football Club have today been informed that goalkeeper Neil Etheridge has opted to sign a contract with Championship side Cardiff City, subject to paperwork and international clearance, when his current deal at the Banks’s Stadium expires on June 30.
“The club had offered Etheridge a new three-year deal on improved terms, as confirmed in our retained list issued on May 4.
“Etheridge made 94 appearances for The Saddlers after signing for the club in 2015.
“Walsall Football Club would like to thank Neil for his service over the last two years and wish him all the best in his future career.
“There will be no further comment from the club at this stage.”
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