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U's Sign Liverpool Youngster

Shamal George added to squad

28 August 2020

Colchester United have signed former Liverpool keeper Shamal George.

Having impressed in his time with Steve Ball's squad during pre-season, the twenty two year old stopper put pen to paper on Friday morning.

He signed a  two year deal, which will see him contracted to the U's until the summer of  2022 after leaving Liverpool earlier this year.

His time with the Premier League Champions included loan spells at both Tranmere Rovers and Carlisle United, where he made four appearances for the League Two side. 

In all, George spent thirteen years with the Anfield giants, and Head Coach Ball feels that he is perfectly suited to the U's and the modern game.

Speaking on Friday to the official website and the Colchester Gazette, Ball said: "He's an up and coming goalkeeper with a really great pedigree, with him having been at Liverpool for a number of years."

"He's a couple of loan experiences and I think we've just got him at the right time. He's twenty two now, so it's not like he's a young un."

George will be fighting Dean Gerken for a place in the starting eleven at the U's, and Ball feels that he will be pushing for that place in goal.

"With how I want to play, there's a huge emphasis on my goalkeeper being comfortable on the ball."

"That's a huge part of what a goalkeeper has to be, along with size and being a good shot stopper and everything else which is obviously massively important.

"But the modern goalkeeper, with how we want to play, has to be comfortable in possession and he ticks all over those boxes."

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