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3 July 2023

BURTON Albion can confirm the signing of goalkeeper Jamal Blackman, following the expiry of his contract at Exeter City.

Former England youth international Blackman began his career at Chelsea Academy, before signing a pro contract with the West London club in 2012.

Following fifteen years at Chelsea and eight loan spells at the likes of Middlesborough, Sheffield United and Leeds, in 2021 the 6ft 7inch stopper headed to America to sign for Los Angeles FC.

Blackman's next move saw him return to England to sign for Huddersfield, and was a part of the team that reached the championship play-off final.

After departing the John Smith Stadium, he signed for fellow league one side Exeter City on a free transfer. 

During his spell at Exeter, Blackman kept nine clean sheets in 38 league matches, also registering an assist last season, which helped the Grecians reach 14th in their first season back in league one. 

Blackman has represented his country seven times at youth level.  

Burton Albion manager Dino Maamria said: “Jamal is a good keeper, good pedigree. Worked really hard to get him in and now we have two good keepers in Max Crocombe and Jamal Blackman, good competition for the number one spot.

“That’s one department of the pitch we are happy with and it’s brilliant to see the squad shaping up nicely."

On signing for the Brewers, Blackman said: "I'm really pleased to be here. I'm looking forward to the season, bringing my experiences here and seeing what I can do. Knowing the club and playing against Burton a few times, it's a team I know who are looking to play well and implement their game.

"It's one of those places where we can do well in the league and with the gaffer and the players he's bringing in, we can do well.

"Training at St. George's Park is an amazing place and being here in a great stadium. Trainings been really good and everyone's been really welcoming. It's been quite easy to integrate with a few players who I already know here as well so it's been really good."

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