Cobblers bring in former Bournemouth and Bury goalkeeper Jalal

The Cobblers have signed former Bournemouth goalkeeper Shwan Jalal
The Cobblers have signed former Bournemouth goalkeeper Shwan Jalal

The Cobblers have signed Shwan Jalal to provide goalkeeping competition for Matt Duke.

Town parted company with Dean Snedker on Tuesday and have moved quickly to fill the void, bringing in the 31-year-old on a contract until the end of the season.

Jalal is best known for his time with Bournemouth, for whom he played 171 games between 2008 and 2014, and spent the first half of the current campaign with Bury but fell down the Gigg Lane pecking order when Nick Pope was signed on loan from Charlton.

The goalkeeper, who was born in Baghdad and was selected for an Iraq international squad in 2011, had his contract with the Shakers terminated in the January transfer window.

“We’ve brought him in to battle it out with Matt (Duke) for the first-team spot between now and the end of the season,” confirmed manager Chris Wilder.

“I had him on loan at Oxford, he’s won at couple of promotions at Oxford and he’s an experienced goalkeeper who is a good age.

“It gives us a good opportunity to look at him between now and the end of the season.”