Friday 20 June 2014
Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Scotland Under-21 goalkeeper Chris Kettings on a free transfer.
The 21-year-old has put pen to paper on a two-year deal after his release from Blackpool at the end of last season and becomes the Eagles' first signing of the summer.
"I'm delighted because this is a massive club"
Born in Glasgow, Kettings was spotted by Manchester City, who took him as a youngster before he joined Blackpool in 2007. After progressing through the Seasiders' academy he signed a professional deal following Blackpool's relegation from the Barclays Premier League in 2011.
After a loan spell at Birmingham City, Kettings made his professional debut for Morecambe in League Two and made three appearances during a five-month stint at the Shrimps. During this season also made his Scottish Under-21 debut and has collected two more caps since.
Further experience was gained at York City and Hyde last season before arriving at Selhurst Park, where he hopes to make an impact for the development side, who are a Category 2 academy.
"I'm delighted because this is a massive club," said Kettings. "Everyone who I've spoken to about Crystal Palace has only had good things to say so it's a massive opportunity for myself and a good club to come to.
"I'm really looking forward to working with both Julian Speroni and Wayne Hennessey as they'll both be able to teach me things and give me new perspectives so it'll be good for me to work with them.
"I had a really good relationship working with George Wood [the Palace goalkeeping coach] when he was at Blackpool as he was inspirational and helped me progress when I was 18. I developed a lot under him and hopefully I can develop even more here."