BARNSLEY: Ben Alnwick joins Reds revolution

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BARNSLEY have swooped to sign Tottenham Hotspur keeper Ben Alnwick on a two-year deal.

Reds boss Keith Hill was keen to find a replacement keeper with David Preece having been released at the end of last season.

And 25-year-old Alnwick, a young keeper with experience, fitted the bill as Hill landed his fourth summer signing yesterday.

“We’re pleased to have signed Ben; he’s a very good goalkeeper and we’re sure he’s going to fit in really well,” Hill told The Star.

“I wanted a young goalkeeper, but someone who had some experience as well so that he could challenge Luke Steele for the No 1 position. Ben will do that.

“He’s been on loan to a lot of clubs, but not played a lot of games. We can see his potential and we’ll work hard with him to make him an even better keeper.

“He’s ambitious and wants to be playing regularly, so it’s great competition for places.”

Alnwick had a brief loan spell with Doncaster Rovers last season and Leeds United the previous season, but didn’t play any games.

However the Sunderland-born shot-stopper did get some welcome matches under his belt on loan at Leyton Orient last season.

Alnwick has also had loan spells with Norwich, Carlisle, Leicester and Luton, although he’s been a Spurs player ever since he signed for the club in June 2007 in a £900,000 deal.

“He’s had a lot of football clubs and probably not played as many games as he’d have liked too, but we’re looking to unearth his potential,” added Hill, who is still on the hunt for a left-footed winger and central midfielder with Jacob Butterfield having signed for Norwich earlier this week.

“We’ll probably not be getting any more players in before we go to Marbella, but we’ll still be looking.”

Alnwick joins midfielders Jacob Mellis and Kelvin Etuhu, as well as striker Mido, as Barnsley’s other summer signings.

On Sunday Hill and the first team squad journey to Marbella for an intensive week-long training camp.

Alnwick said: “I’m happy to be here.

“I’m out of contract so I’ve been looking for a club and it’s great to come here. I’m going to try and compete with Steeley (Luke Steele) who is a top ‘keeper.

“It will be good for both of us - pushing each other every day.”

Barnsley, meanwhile, will face Birmingham City, who have recently appointed Lee Clark as manager to succeed Chris Hughton, live on Sky in September. The Reds will travel to St Andrew’s on Saturday September 22, kick-off 5.20pm.