Bristol Rovers Sign Cardiff City Goalkeeper Joe Day on Loan

Joe Day

Bristol Rovers have made Cardiff City goalkeeper Joe Day their first January signing on a deal until the end of the season.

Day is Paul Tisdale’s first signing as Bristol Rovers manager. The vastly experienced goalkeeper will compete for the number one spot.

Day arrives after making just two appearances for Cardiff since signing for the Bluebirds in 2019.

Bristol Rovers Sign Goalkeeper Joe Day on Loan From Cardiff City

Day’s Career

Goalkeeper Day began his career at Crystal Palace and, while he didn’t make a senior appearance for the Eagles, he has since gone on to make over 200 appearances for several clubs.

He made his name at Newport County, establishing himself as one of League Two’s top goalkeepers. Day enjoyed four-and-a-half successful years at Rodney Parade, joining as the Exiles’ record signing. The goalkeeper made the League Two PFA Team of the Season in 2018/19. He also helped Newport reach the play-off final before departing for Cardiff.

His move across Wales hasn’t worked out with Day struggling to impress Neil Warnock and current manager Neil Harris. Day was then loaned out to AFC Wimbledon, making nine appearances before the curtailment of the previous season.

A move to Bristol Rovers offers a fresh start. Tisdale has targeted the goalkeeper position with current keepers Anssi Jaakkola and Jordi van Stappershoef struggling with injuries and form.

Tisdale Delighted With New Signing

Speaking to the Bristol Rovers website about his new signing, Tisdale said: “We are delighted to bring Joe to the football club.

“The nature of Anssi’s injury makes it difficult to determine a timeframe for his return, so the addition of Joe will give us great competition in the goalkeeping department, with a high volume of games to come over the next few months.

“Joe has an abundance of EFL experience and has shown his credentials as a highly-rated goalkeeper over many years.”

Day could make his debut in Rovers’ next game which is in the FA Cup against Sheffield United.


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