Wanderers Recruit Lonergan

Goalkeeper Andrew Lonergan joins from Leeds United on a three-year contract

Bolton Wanderers have strengthened their goalkeeping department by signing Andrew Lonergan from Leeds United.

The 28-year-old has put pen-to-paper on a three-year contract after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee.

Manager Owen Coyle said: "There were four other clubs in for Andy so we are pleased that he signed for us.

"We have a player who has a wealth of experience at this level and also his signing will add to the competition for the keeper's jersey."

Lonergan has made 243 of his 275 career total appearances in the Championship.

The Preston-born stopper first came to light when he progressed through the ranks at his hometown club, with then manager David Moyes handing him a senior debut at the age of 16 against Coventry City in September 2000.

Before establishing himself as first choice at Deepdale, Lonergan had loans spells with Darlington, Wycombe Wanderers and Swindon Town to further his development.

In recent years, between start of the 2007/08 season and the end of the 2010/11 campaign, Lonergan was a regular for Preston, helping the Lilywhites reach the Championship play-offs in May 2009.

Just under 12 months ago, the former England Under-20 international signed for Leeds United.

Last season he played 38 matches for the Yorkshire club and often wore the captain's armband.

Lonergan is one of a select few goalkeepers to have scored a competitive goal. He found the net for Preston with a 90-yard clearance in a league fixture against Leicester City in October 2004.

Lonergan follows Keith Andrews and Matt Mills through the door at the Reebok Stadium this summer, while Joe McKee has also been recruited to work with the club's development squad.

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