Chelsea have completed the second major(?) signing of the summer by snapping up backup-to-the-backup goalkeeper Rob Green, who was a free agent (“unattached”, in non-American parlance) after being released in July by Huddersfield Town, where he had fulfilled the same role.
The 38-year-old goalkeeper immediately becomes Chelsea’s oldest current player, and is actually closer to assistant goalkeeping coach Hilario in age (42) than any other first-team player bar the other backup goalkeeper, Willy Caballero (36). Certainly no lack of experience in that department.
Chelsea FC has today completed the signing of Rob Green, who joins to provide backup for Thibaut Courtois and Willy Caballero… https://t.co/EzkhZxBHu6
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 26, 2018
Green signs a one-year deal with the Blues, providing a homegrown player for the third goalkeeper position, which means we don’t have to waste one of the 17 highly precious non-homegrown spots allowed in this manner.
“It has been a whirlwind 24 hours. You are thinking about your career and where you want to go and then you get a phone call like this, and it is a short conversation. It has been a pretty dramatic time for me and I can’t wait to get started. I am absolutely delighted and it is a thrill and an honour to be here,” Green told the club website.
Green arrives with huge Premier League experience having represented Norwich City, West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers in the top flight. He has also been part of England squads at two major tournaments.