Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Young Icelandic goalkeepers in demand

It seems clubs across Britain are looking towards Iceland in their search for fresh goalkeeping talent.

Last year, 17 year old Óskar Pétursson signed for English Championship club Ipswich Town from Icelandic club Grindavík and 17 year old Haraldur Björnsson signed for Scottish Premiership club Hearts. Both goalkeepers have been impressive in their respective youth sides and have had opportunities in the reserves as well.

Another 17 year old, Thordur Ingason joined Everton on loan from Icelandic 1st division club Fjölnir in January and could sign on permanent basis in the summer. Everton among Arsenal are also keeping a close eye on 15 year old Stjarnan goalkeeper Arnar Darri Pétursson and it seems he'll be joining one of those two clubs next autumn.

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