BURTON Albion Football Club is delighted to confirm the signing of goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray following his departure from Charlton Athletic.
The 30-year-old brings a wealth of Sky Bet League One experience to the Brewers' goalkeeping ranks and, subject to EFL and FA approval, will be available for selection for tomorrow's game against Shrewsbury Town, one of his former clubs.
MacGillivray began his career with Harrogate Railway and Harrogate Town, making close to 100 appearances in National League North before joining Walsall in 2014, making 19 appearances for the Saddlers before opting to join the Shrews in 2017, spending a season at Montgomery Waters Meadow.
It was a subsequent move to Portsmouth that would give MacGillivray the first team football he wanted - going on to make 112 League One appearances over three years, 135 in total, saving a vital shootout penalty as Pompey won the 2019 Papa Johns Trophy at Wembley and winning their Player of the Season award in 2020/21.
After three years in Portsmouth, MacGillivray, who was called up to the senior Scotland squad in 2019, opted to switch to another League One club in Charlton, where he quickly established himself as number one.
Now MacGillivray has joined up with the Brewers after leaving the Addicks and is excited for what the future holds for him at the Pirelli Stadium.
"I'm really excited to be here," said MacGillivray. "We've got it over the line and I can't wait to get started.
"At the start of January I heard about the interest. I wasn't playing at Charlton, and that's all I want to be doing.
"There's people here that I've played against in the past, but it's a very welcoming group. Everyone seems really nice and I've fit straight in."
Manager Dino Maamria said: "He’s going to bring a wealth of experience to our backline. He will give us composure and that voice in the backline. It’s a box being ticked, it’s an area where we addressed as a team.
"With Craig, it’s a deal we agreed to do since last week but he had to play for Charlton last weekend. The goalkeeper position is an area where we need to improve and we’ve done that - we’ve brought in two top keepers.
"Jordan (Amissah) had a brilliant first game, he’s young, energetic, agile and he’s got a brilliant attitude.
"Hopefully we will see the difference moving forward."
MacGillivray will wear squad number 34 in his time at the Pirelli Stadium. Welcome, Craig!