Cheltenham Town have completed the deadline day signing of experienced goalkeeper Scott Flinders.
The former Crystal Palace and Hartlepool shot stopper, who has made over 400 league and cup appearances in his career, has today put pen to paper on a deal to move to the LCI Rail Stadium.
Manager Gary Johnson said: “We’re very pleased that Scott has agreed to join and his experience should be very beneficial to us.
“Scott has played over 400 league and cup games in his career and there is no substitute for experience.
“My staff and I have watched many of those games, a few live in the past and also on our recruitment database, so we know exactly what we are getting with him.
“Scott has been training with us over the last week and is keen to make a really big impression at Cheltenham.”
Flinders, 31, started his career at Barnsley, making his debut in 2005. In the same year he made five appearances for England Under-20s.
The Rotherham-born ‘keeper moved to Crystal Palace in 2006 and had loan spells at Gillingham, Brighton, Yeovil, Blackpool and Falkirk before making a permanent move to Hartlepool in 2009.
Flinders went on to make 252 appearances for Hartlepool, and famously scored with a 94th minute header against Bournemouth in 2011. He later joined York City and Macclesfield Town.
“I’m delighted to be here and ready to get started,” said Flinders.
“Everything has happened very quickly. I’ve trained with the boys this week, the have made me feel very welcome and now I’ve signed.
“I have spoken to the gaffer (Gary Johnson) and I know he wants my experience to rub off on some of the younger lads.
“It’s been a quick turnaround, with the games coming thick and fast now.
“Now it’s all about pushing for a place in the team and I’m looking forward to playing my part for Cheltenham.”