• Azkals keeper Etheridge signs up with new club


    Azkals goalkeeper Neil Etheridge found a new home after signing a two-year contract with English club Walsall FC on Thursday.

    Etheridge, a former Chelsea FC youth academy player before transferring to Fulham FC as a full-pledged professional, has since played for different clubs inside the English Football pyramid.

    The 25-year old shot-stopper had stints with other clubs following loans to squads like Crewe Alexandria, Bristol Rovers and Oldham Athletic.

    He last played for Football League Championship side Charlton Athletic FC on a short-term contract and was later released at the end of the season.

    Consequently, Etheridge was signed for a long two-year contract with the League One team after the departure of their first choice keeper Richard O’donnell, who left from Wigan Athletic FC.

    The Philippine international player, who has been a regular for the Azkals since 2008, will have to compete against fellow Walsall goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray for the spot in the starting 11.

    In the last international foray of the national football team for the joint Asian Cup and World Cup qualifiers, Etheridge played a key role in the success of the Azkals, only allowing a single goal in two games.


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