Thursday 22 March 2018

Jansson looks to be safe pair of hands

HE'S gone from being sixth-choice keeper with Tottenham to the No 1 slot at Shamrock Rovers.

And Swedish U21 cap Oscar Jansson is destined to be a major success with the Hoops, according to their manager, Stephen Kenny.

Rovers needed to bring in a new keeper having lost Richard Brush and Ryan Thompson from last season's title-winning squad, and Kenny has moved quickly by signing two: Jansson, who came in on loan from Spurs, and Galway United man Conor Winn, while a third - South African Reyaad Pieterse - will formally sign once he obtains a work permit.

Jansson made his competitive home debut for Rovers in last night's 2-0 Setanta Sports Cup win over Cliftonville, and Kenny is already pleased with the young Swede.

"He kept a clean sheet and made a couple of good saves. He's only come in late, a week before the season started, but he's done fine and he will settle in well," said Kenny, who used his contacts in the game to land Jansson from Tottenham.

"Spurs have just so many keepers: Gomes, Cudicini and Friedel, they have Ben Alnwick and another one, David Button -- they have six senior keepers.

"Oscar had good spells on loan to Northampton and Exeter and a brief one at Bradford but he hasn't played lots of games and he just wants games.


"He has done well for Sweden at U21 level, his attitude is very good, he's a humble guy and he wants to do well and progress his career.

"He's keen to do well and hopefully he can do that.

"He has impressed us with what we have seen so far and I think he will do fine.

"We have signed him until the summer because of his own contract situation but it's quite possible that we will sign him for the whole season.

"I think he would like to give it a season here," added Kenny.

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