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Thursday 22 May 2014

Leicester sign Charlton goalkeeper Hamer on free transfer

Manager Nigel Pearson makes first signing ahead of return to the Barclays Premier League

Ben Hamer will join Leicester from Charlton from 1 July

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has made his first signing ahead of the club’s return to the Barclays Premier League with the announcement that Charlton Athletic goalkeeper Ben Hamer will join on a free transfer next month.

The 26-year-old will join the champions of the Championship ahead of their first Barclays Premier League campaign in 10 years when his Charlton contract expires on July 1.

"It’s fantastic to be here,” Hamer told the Leicester website. “It was an opportunity that was too good to turn down for me and I’m looking forward to coming on board and improving myself as a player.

"There are great staff here and it’s a great set-up, so once the players get back there are all the ingredients to put in a great performance in the Premier League next season.

"Being involved in Premier League football has always been a dream of mine since I was a kid. It’s been a long road and to finally get the opportunity to do that was a big factor in the move. I want to challenge myself in my career, and coming here to a big club going into the Premier League is a big opportunity for me."

Leicester have also announced that Marcin Wasilewski has signed a new deal that runs until the end of the 2014/15 season. The 33-year-old defender, who has played 60 times for Poland, was a key part of the team that gained promotion to the Barclays Premier League with 35 appearances.

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Key Points

  • Leicester sign goalkeeper Ben Hamer on a free transfer
  • The 26-year-old will join Leicester when his Charlton contract expires on July 1
  • The 26-year-old is the club's first signing ahead of their first Barclays Premier League campaign in 10 years