Chelsea have announces Jamal Blackman has joined Bristol Rovers until the end of the season.
Blackman joined the club as an Under-13 but has never made a senior appearance for the west London side., with the 26-year-old stopper spending the first half of the season with Vitesse Arnhem but his minutes were severely limited by injury, but the stopper will spend the remainder of the season with the League One side, who are five points below the play-off places
Blackman’s arrival is quite the coup for the Gas with the 26-year-old highly rated and whose loan spells up to now have been at Championship level and in the top-flights of Sweden with Ostersunds and the Netherlands at Vitesse Arnhem.
“Jamal is a very talented goalkeeper and I’m delighted to welcome him to the football club,” Ben Garner told bristolrovers.co.uk.
“Jamal is someone who I actually tried to sign as a youngster at Crystal Palace, as his talent and ability was evident at an early age.
“He’s had a good upbringing at Chelsea and has benefited from a number of different loan spells throughout his career.
“The owners and recruitment team were very supportive in getting this deal done & it is a credit to the structures that we have in place that we’ve been able to secure what we think is a good deal for the football club.
“We would like to thank Chelsea for the swift nature in which the deal was concluded and I’m looking forward to working with Jamal for the remainder of the season.”
Blackman needs to seriously think about a permanent move away from the club now as he is at that age that he needs to find a permanent club and if this loan deal works out, but for now this loan move is great for him and his confidence, as he needs game time.