Blackburn have signed goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler from fellow League One side Shrewsbury Town for an undisclosed fee. He has signed a two-year deal with the club.
Leutwiler started his career with Swiss side Basel, however, he never made a first-team appearance for the club. While he was with Basel, he went out on loan to Concordia Basel, Yverdon-Sport, Wohlen and FC Schaffhausen. He signed for Middlesbrough in 2012. Leutwiler made five appearances for Boro before signing for Shrewsbury Town in 2014.
In his first season with the club, he made a record twenty-three clean sheets in League Two, and he was part of the Shrews side which won promotion to League One. He made 43 league appearances last season, as Shrewsbury narrowly avoided relegation to League Two.
He has represented Switzerland at U-16, U-18, U-19 and U-20 level, however, he holds Candian citizenship, and a passport. Leutwiler was approached by the Canadian Soccer Association. He has played twice for Canada.
Leutwiler said this about his move, “I’m obviously very happy and delighted to sign and be part of this club.”
“It’s a huge club, with a lot of targets in front of us – promotion definitely – and that’s the main attraction.” He added, “The infrastructure and everything here is great, and it’s the right step for me at this moment of my career.”
Leutwiler has become Rovers seventh signing of the summer. He joins new additions, Ben Gladwin, Paul Caddis, Peter Whittingham, Richie Smallwood, Bradley Dack and Dominic Samuel. It has been confirmed that Leutwiler will wear the number 13 shirt.
The shot-stopper has worked with Rovers boss Tony Mowbray before. He was with him at Middlesborough, where he was back-up to Jason Steele. Leutwiler said this about Mowbray “He’s a great manager.” He continued ” I worked with him for almost two years at Middlesbrough and it was a great experience there. I was a bit younger at the time, but I learned a lot about English football, it was the perfect club to come to and I had a great time.”
Blackburn will be looking for promotion back to the Championship after relegation last season. They will kick-off their season away at Southend on Saturday before travelling to Coventry for a Carabao Cup game. Will Blackburn bounce back to the Championship or will their assault on League One fail?