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Jaakkola joins Royals ranks

11 July 2016

Finnish keeper adds his name to Stam’s squad list

Reading Football Club are pleased to announce that Finnish goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola has completed a move to Madejski Stadium, signing a two-year deal with the Royals.

The 29-year-old keeper joins the RG2 ranks for an undisclosed transfer fee, moving from South African top flight side Ajax Cape Town to become a Reading player ahead of the 2016-17 campaign.

The 6’5” Finn began his career in his homeland before moving to Tuscany and Italian side Siena in 2006. He went on to represent Slavia Prague for one season before a move to the UK transpired when Kilmarnock came calling for his services in 2011.

He played 13(+1) times for Killie, managed by fellow Finn Mixu Paatelainen at the time, and Jaakkola kept six clean sheets during his time at Rugby Park whilst also making a senior international appearance for Finland against Sweden.

Three years ago he put pen to paper on move to the Premier Soccer League out in South Africa and he kept a clean sheet in the final of the MTN 8 cup competition in 2015 to hand his Cape Town club a 1-0 win over the Kaizer Chiefs at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

Anssi now becomes a Royal, signing a contract which is set to keep him at Madejski Stadium until the summer of 2018. This evening, he will fly out to Holland to link up with his new teammates during a pre-season training camp in Oosterbeek.

The transfer remains subject to the normal ratification procedures from the relevant football authorities.

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