Wycombe Wanderers have re-signed 34-year-old goalkeeper David Stockdale on a one-year contract. He becomes Gareth Ainsworth seventh signing this transfer window, as the Chairboys prepare for their first-ever season in England’s second tier.
Stockdale, who is no stranger to Wycombe fans, has been training with the Chairboys over the summer. He has also featured in al three of Wycombe’s pre-season friendlies, ahead of the Championship season commencing this weekend.
Free Agent David Stockdale Returns to Adams Park
Third Spell at Adams Park
Stockdale returns for his third spell at the club. He was first loaned out to Wycombe in November 2018, where he appeared twice, before parent club Birmingham City, shipped him off to fellow League One side Coventry City.
The 34-year-old then returned to Adams Park for the second half of last season. Similar to his first spell, he made two appearances and spent the majority of his time on the bench. Stockdale now returns to Wycombe Wanderers and will be ready to challenge Ryan Allsop and fellow new signing Curtis Anderson for a spot in Gareth Ainsworth’s starting XI.
Championship Experience Will Be Welcome
David Stockdale knows the Championship like the back of his hand. As a result of that, Gareth Ainsworth wants him around his squad. The Championship is new territory for the Chairboys and the majority of the squad, so Stockdale’s knowledge of England’s second tier could prove invaluable.
Stockdale’s expertise and long-lived career could also benefit new-signing Curtis Anderson. The young goalkeeper has considerable talent and has represented England’s youth teams. Under Stockdale’s guidance, Anderson can continue to grow and develop, whilst competing for first-team action.
What Was Said?
Speaking to the club website Gareth Ainsworth was evidently delighted with his latest signing.
“Stocko is an important addition to the squad and I’m delighted that he’s agreed to join on a permanent deal,” he said. “David is really suited to us in terms of his character and hard work ethic he shows in training.
“He has a huge amount of experience at this level and he still has a lot to give. He’ll be working hard to recapture that form from his Championship playing days to provide really strong competition for the number one shirt.”
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