Done deal: Ex-Liverpool flop agrees transfer to top-tier club
By Will Butcher
Former Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones has joined Feyenoord on a 12-month deal to cut short his return to Anfield.
The Australia international was invited to Melwood by manager Jurgen Klopp to take part in pre-season training in order to gain fitness while he looked for a new club.
Now, the official Feyenoord website has confirmed that Jones will undertake a medical today ahead of a transfer to Holland after a deal was agreed on Thursday afternoon.
A statement on the Dutch club’s Twitter account read: “NEWS | Feyenoord has reached an agreement in principle with keeper Brad Jones, on a one-year contract.”
NIEUWS | Feyenoord heeft een principeakkoord bereikt met keeper Brad Jones, over een contract van een jaar. pic.twitter.com/CdLEQPuilY
— Feyenoord Rotterdam (@Feyenoord) July 7, 2016
The 34-year-old made just 23 Premier League appearances during his time at Anfield, after signing from Middlesbrough for a fee of £2.3million back in 2010.
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Since Liverpool, Jones has signed for League One side Bradford City for a year, but two months later both parties decided to cancel the deal by mutual consent after making just three appearances.
Simon Mignolet’s former number two has most recently turned out for Dutch outfit NEC Nijmegen, making a solid 17 appearances.
The move to the Dutch giants comes after their number one keeper and Holland international Kenneth Vermeer had surgery on his achilles tendon, ruling him out until the new year. Second keeper Warner Hahn is also out of action according to Feyenoord’s website.
The 14-time Eredivisie winners’ technical director, Martin van Geel, described the goalkeeping situation at De Kuip, stating Jones was needed immediately.
He said: “We only have two more fit keepers in Pär Hansson and Justin Bijlow, not enough in our view to start a season with lots of league, cup and Europa League matches.
“That’s why we immediately started looking for an experienced goalie, and we found one in Brad. He brings a lot of know-how with him.”