Third young A-Leagues goalkeeper seals Premier league move: Full details

Brisbane Roar academy goalkeeper Henry Blackledge has joined Premier League side Luton Town, becoming the THIRD Aussie keeper to make the move to England in the space of a week.

The 18-year-old has now followed in the footsteps of Adelaide United duo Joe Gauci and Steven Hall who moved to Aston Villa and Brighton and Hove Albion respectively.

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Having recently had trials at both Luton and Brentford, Blackledge seemingly did enough to impress the former, inking a deal which will see him join up with the club’s development squad.

“Henry impressed us for the week-and-a-half he was with us,” revealed Luton Town’s Head of Goalkeeping, Kevin Pilkington. “He’s technically very good and he’s showed ambition by leaving his family behind in Australia to join us.”

Having made his senior debut with Western Pride FC aged just 15, Blackledge worked his way to the Roar via Olympic FC and will now call Kenilworth Road home as the Hatters aim to secure their Premier League status this season.

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“We’re all proud of Henry’s move to England, demonstrating again the strength of the pathway here in Queensland from NPL football into the professional game,” said Zac Anderson, Chief Operating Officer of Brisbane Roar.

“We look forward to tracking Henry’s progress and we all wish Henry the very best at Luton Town.”