Photo: Star player all smiles after completing Chelsea transfer

Sligo Rovers have confirmed the signing of Chelsea goalkeeper Mitchell Beeney till the end of the season, according to report.

The 22-year-old, who was previously loaned to Newport County and Crawley Town is part of Chelsea’s Under-23 side, but has failed to make a debut appearance for the senior squad under José Mourinho and now Antonio Conte despite being on the bench couple of times before he was loaned out.

Beeney won the Youth Premier League and the FA Youth Cup with Chelsea, and he has been a bit-part player for the Premier League Champions first team in European fixtures.

Beeney has featured for England at the Under-20 and Under-19 levels, but his progression to the three Lions has been halted due to lack of first-team action for the Blues.

Beeney told reporters in his first interview with Sligo Press that he is happy to join the club who have warmly welcomed him into the team. He also spoke on his desire to compete with Michael Schlingermann who has been Sligo’s first choice goalkeeper for a long time, in order to stand a chance in the manager’s starting lineup.

As for Lyttle — the team’s manager, the acquisition of the 22-year-old goalie will bring more competition to the his goalkeeping department till the end of the season.

Lyttle also told reporters that Beeney will benefit more from his switch to Sligo as he will be given more competitive first-team football which he failed to get during his stay at Newport and Crawley Town

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