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Middlesbrough agree Brad Jones transfer to Liverpool

Goalkeeper Brad Jones
Jones has been at Middlesbrough since 2000

Liverpool have signed Middlesbrough goalkeeper Brad Jones for £2.3m.

Australian international Jones, 28, completed the switch on Tuesday after travelling to Merseyside for a medical.

He qualifies as a 'home-grown' player under new Premier League rules after joining the Teessiders from Australian amateur side Bayswater City.

Jones will be back-up to first-choice keeper Pepe Reina, with current second string keeper Diego Cavalieri having been told he can leave Anfield.

Jones made 75 first-team appearances for Boro and spent time on loan at Blackpool, Rotherham, Stockport and Sheffield Wednesday.

However, he admitted that he will face a battle to add to those appearances as he tries to oust Reina.

"They've told me they want me to do what I do and put pressure on Pepe Reina and Diego Cavalieri," he told the club website.

"That's fine, I'm happy to do that, I've got to give it a go.

"Roy Hodgson hasn't promised anything and I would never expect that from a manager. It's up to me to work hard and make his decisions for him.

"It's not going to be easy to get past Pepe. He's shown over the last couple of years how good he is.

"You don't play for the clubs he's played for and the tournaments he's played in and not be world class.

"Obviously that side of it is going to be tough but I'll do what I can and try to put a bit of pressure on him."

Hodgson said Brazilian Cavalieri was being allowed to talk to Italian side Cesena.

"Diego has done a marvellous job but after two years of watching Pepe play every week, he made it clear to me that he thought he would lose his goalkeeping ability or his status as a first-team keeper," he said.

"He made it clear he would like to leave and find a club where he can play on a regular basis."



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see also
Hodgson backs Reina after blunder
15 Aug 10 |  Premier League
Strachan happy with keeper choice
16 Aug 10 |  Middlesbrough
Boro deny deal for keeper Jones
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