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Burton Albion: Bradford City goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin signs for the Brewers

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 23, 2014

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JON McLaughlin has signed for Burton Albion on a one-year deal.

The 26-year-old goalkeeper joins the Brewers after failing to agree a new deal with Bradford City and will compete against Dean Lyness for the first choice goalkeeping birth.

McLaughlin, who is expected to debut against Mickleover Sports this evening, was first choice for the Bantams last season, making 48 appearances in all competitions, and spent six years at Valley Parade after spells with Harrogate Town and Harrogate Railway.

However, after Bradford signed ex-Brewers stopper Jordan Pickford, he was allowed to move on.

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“He brings experience,” said Albion boss Gary Rowett.

“He’s played over 100 games for Bradford and was ever present in League One.

“He was as good as any other goalkeeper in the division, so I’m pleased to get him on board.”

Edinburgh-born McLaughlin told the Yorkshire Post earlier today: "I am looking forward to life at Burton and seeing how far we can kick on.

“There have been opportunities at clubs in other divisions, but a concrete offer from a club like Burton doesn’t feel like a drop down in division or class.

"They have been a team who in the past two years have been unlucky not to reach League One.”

On McLaughlin’s exit, Bradford manager Phil Parkinson said: "Jon has been a great servant to the club and we would have ideally liked to see him stay.

“But financial constraints mean it hasn’t been possible to strike a deal that is right for both parties.”

Read Rowett's full thoughts on McLaughlin's signing at www.burtonmail.co.uk/sport/Burton-Albion-FC tomorrow morning.

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