Notts County’s first choice goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski has agreed to join Championship club Ipswich Town on a two year deal. The Polish shot keeper, aged 27, has made the move to Portman Road for an undisclosed fee, having previously been a consistent starter for County since he made his move to Nottingham in the June of 2012.
A move to the Championship has arguably been coming for ‘Bart’ who has been linked with a step up into the second tier ever since the Magpies narrowly avoided relegation in their final game of the season at Oldham Athletic.
Even before that final game, Bialkowski has been thought by many to have had a fine season between the sticks for Notts, with a number of fans presumably being disappointed that the Pole has left the club despite having a year left on his contract.
However, having made a number of fine saves throughout the season, it’s hardly surprising that Bialkowski has sparked interest from above.
A notably crucial save made by ‘Bart’ last season came against Crawley Town, as he acrobatically denied a powerful header from entering the goal as it was seemingly certain to do so. By doing this he retained County’s 1-0 lead which helped them enormously as they succeeded in staying in the division.
Such saves were bound to have caught the eye of Ipswich staff and now it is just a matter of whether or not the 6 foot 4 inch Pole can succeed another level up. Bialkowski’s departure leaves a void a Meadow Lane, which could be filled by 20 year old German goalkeeper, Fabian Spiess, who joined the Notts County youth system in the 2010-11 season.