Norwich City secure signing of Jake Kean on free transfer

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Norwich City have completed the signing of 24-year-old goalkeeper Jake Kean on a free transfer after he was released by Blackburn Rovers, following a loan spell at Oldham Athletic.

The young 'keeper has signing on a two-year contract and looks set to become Norwich's third-choice goalkeeper.

Norwich manager, Alex Neil, stated in an interview with the Canaries website that they needed ''cover for the goalkeeper position'' and that he hoped that Kean would ''push Declan (Rudd) for second choice goalkeeper''.


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Kean's experience

Kean, a product of the Derby County youth system, joined Blackburn in 2009 but, despite making 44 appearances in all competitions for Blackburn, he was never really given an extended run in the first-team.

The former England U20's goalkeeper has had loan spells to lower league clubs such as Hartlepool, Rochdale, Yeovil and Oldham, all with varied success.

Abilities and traits

Jake Kean, standing at 6ft 5, uses his considerable height and strength to his advantage and often comes out for crosses and corners.

His shot stopping, on the other hand, is not the best. However, he is still young and has plenty of time to improve and he can learn from the experienced England international John Ruddy during his time at Norwich.

This deal comes a day after the club announced the signings of Robbie Brady, a left midfielder from Hull, and Andre Wisdom, a young defender on loan from Liverpool.

Kean is Norwich's sixth signing, with the Canaries also signing Anthony Andreu, from Hamilton (Alex Neil's former club), Graham Dorrans and Youssouf Mulumbu, both from West Bromwich Albion.

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