West Bromwich Albion have signed Jonathan Bond from Reading on a free transfer as confirmed by the club website.

While West Brom had already signed one goalkeeper, with Sam Johnstone moving to the club from Manchester United, but they still wanted to sign another shot-stopper. They sold Ben Foster to Watford last week and also decided to release Boaz Myhill, meaning Johnstone was the only senior goalkeeper on the books at The Hawthorns. But now they can relax as they have signed a new goalkeeper as back-up to Johnstone.

Bond has signed a three-year contract with West Brom as he looks to challenge for that number one spot. He actually has similar pedigree to Johnstone having been an England youth international, getting five caps for their U21s team. He was a reserve for Reading but had good loan spells with Gillingham and Peterborough and even though he’s likely going to be a back-up, he’ll hope to break into the first team and show he can be a capable number one.

Following his move, Bond said: “This is a Premier League club and that’s what we’ve got to concentrate on – getting ourselves back up there,”

“The facilities are great, the people are great. The Championship is a tough league but I believe it’s an exciting season ahead.”

Bond could make his debut for West Brom when they face Aberdeen on the 20th July in a pre-season friendly. The Baggies will start their Sky Bet Championship campaign with a home match against Bolton Wanderers.

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