Blayney out, Pole in

Last updated : 06 January 2006 By Chris C
Although Burley has said he is looking to trim our bloated squad, it was one-in one-out at St Mary's. At 24, and as third choice keeper, Blayney needed to move on for the sake of his career. He has joined Doncaster for the princely sum of £50k.

He enjoyed a stellar start to his Saints career when injuries saw him appear in the Premiership and make THAT point blank save against Alan Shearer. Sadly, he failed to show his early promise with his next opportunity and Saints brought in keeper Kasey Keller on an emergency loan rather than continue with him in goal.

He has spent much of this season on loan at Brighton and their manager Mark McGhee stated his intention to make the move permanent, although Doncaster have nipped in before him to seal the deal. We wish Alan the best of luck in his future career, except if he ever plays against us in the future of course.

In his place, the Polish revolution at St. Mary's continues with the arrival of all 6ft4 of Bartosz Bialkowski, a Polish U21 international and very much one for the future. He was on trial at Hearts previously and Burley was clearly impressed and has taken him on at Saints. He signs on a two and a half year deal for a nominal fee. Saints will get that nominal fee back from the shirt letters alone in the club shop.

Welcome to Saints, Bartosz, and I apologise in advance for no doubt misspelling your name for years to come.

Any activity on the keeper front sends the rumour mill into overdrive about the future of Antti Niemi, with a radio station (I won't publicise their name after today's shenigans!) claiming that he had signed for Fulham. Only... they'd actually signed Warner instead. Doh!