Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has expressed his delight at having two talented keepers on his books for the forthcoming season. This afternoon's confirmed capture of Portsmouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic means that the Glovers have now got two goalkeepers on their books, with fellow Canadian Josh Wagenaar having signed a 12 month deal yesterday.
Although Slade had Darren Behcet and Steve Mildenhall on his books for the previous two seasons, the implication was always that Mildenhall was by far and away the most senior of the two, but Slade told BBC Somerset he didn't quite see it that way this season saying how pleased he was to have two keepers signed up:
"I'm delighted that we've managed to do that. We've now got two remarkably good keepers, which if I'm honest is the first time since I've been at Yeovil that we've been able to do that. So I think they will be good for each other. The fact is that they know each other and that's the first thing, because they are both Canadians and they've got an international pedigree."
Slade added that as part of the loan agreement with Portsmouth, which will last for 93 days at present, Asmir will return to Fratton Park at least once a week for additional coaching from Portsmouth goalkeeping coach David Coles - another former Glovers keeper:
"It will be good competition, and the fact that Asmir will still share some of his time at Portsmouth in terms of the training on a Monday and things like that, will mean that to have Josh here as well be good and I'm sure they will push each other to the limit. It will be very healthy for the football club to have two keepers of that stature."
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