Salford City have announced the signing of former St Mirren goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky. The 29-year-old Czech has signed a two-year deal with the Ammies.
Vaclav Hladky Signs for Salford City
Hladky in High Demand
Following the expiring of his contract, Hladky left St Mirren at the end of last season. He has since been linked to a number of European clubs.
It seemed likely that he would remain in Scotland. Both Celtic and Rangers were mentioned as considering Hladky to replace their own departed goalkeepers.
Meanwhile, Scottish newspaper The Herald reported that Polish champions Legia Warsaw wanted to sign Hladky.
Now, Salford have nipped in to tie Hladky to a two-year contract.
Salford Needed a Goalkeeper
The ambitious League Two club have been playing pre-season friendlies without a senior goalkeeper. In a recent friendly, youngster Nick Hayes played both halves for Salford as they lost 4-1 at home to League One newcomers Crewe Alexandra.
Earlier this week, Salford were linked with a move for Preston North End keeper Connor Ripley.
The club have been seeking a new keeper after Kyle Letheren’s departure. Thirty-two-year-old Letheren made 22 appearances for Salford during his one and only season at the club.
Delight for Everyone
Salford manager Graham Alexander is full of delight at ending his search for a new goalkeeper. Correctly, he makes no apology for the time taken.
“We’re delighted to welcome Vaclav to the club, we’ve been patient with our recruitment of a goalkeeper because we were determined to get the right one,” said Alexander as he spoke to the official club website.
Vaclav Hladky has been capped by the Czech Republic from their U16 to their U20 levels. He too is pleased to have joined Salford.
“English football has always been my big dream so my expectation is huge, so is Salford’s. This is a good start for me and I hope we will be successful together,” said Hladky.