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Wolves confirm signing of Aston Villa keeper Matija Sarkic

By Joe Edwards | Wolves | Published:

Wolves have announced the signing of Villa goalkeeper Matija Sarkic on a three-year deal.

New signing Matija Sarkic (Photo credit: Wolves)

The 23-year-old Montenegro international arrives at Compton on a free transfer and is the club's first signing of this summer window.

Sarkic did not play for Villa's first team, but he caught the eye during a loan spell at Scottish Premiership side Livingston in the first half of 2019/20.

He is set to be sent out on loan next season, too, to gain more senior experience.

Wolves chairman Jeff Shi said: “We are very happy to welcome Matija, who is a promising young goalkeeper with lots of potential.

"We hope that he will be a success at Wolves and with his loan club next season.”

Sarkic had a few offers on the table, but Wolves were always his preferred destination.

New signing Matija Sarkic (Photo credit: Wolves)

Born in Grimsby to a Montenegrin father and British mother, he rose through the youth ranks at Belgian side Anderlecht before joining Villa five years ago.

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He has had loan spells at Wigan, Stratford Town and Havant & Waterlooville, as well as Livingston.

Sarkic made 18 appearances in Scotland before being recalled by Villa in January because of Tom Heaton's knee injury.

He made his Montenegro bow last November, in a 2-0 victory against Belarus.

Meanwhile, young midfielder Elliot Watt – who made one senior appearance for Wolves, at Sheffield Wednesday in the Carabao Cup in 2018 – has joined Bradford City for an undisclosed fee.

Joe Edwards

By Joe Edwards
Multi-Media Sports Journalist

Wolves fan turned Wolves correspondent for the Express & Star.

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