Livingston FC is delighted to announce the signing of goalkeeper Shamal George from Colchester United for an undisclosed fee.
The 24-year-old joins on a 4-year-deal from the English League 2 side where he’s spent the last two season.
The 6ft 6in keeper spent 13 years at Liverpool, having joined them as a nine-year-old back in 2007. Loans spells followed at Carlisle United, Tranmere Rovers and Marine AFC before making that permanent switch to Colchester in 2020.
A successful 2021/22 season seen Shamal pick up the Player of the Year award at Colchester last season as well as lifting the supporters award too.
A very pleased David Martindale said: “We are absolutely delighted to get this one over the line. We have been tracking Shamal for a few months now and we have finally managed to agree a transfer fee with Colchester and a 4-year contract with Shamal himself. Its very rare that you will see Livingston spend money on a transfer fee, but it shows you how highly we regard Shamal and the ambitions we have for him personally.
“Shamal will come in and will wear the number 1 shirt for the forthcoming season. He’s at a good age and has played enough games in senior football and performed consistently well to get our attention. He has all the attributes to kick on and really give himself the best chance possible at playing at a top, top level. I’m sure he is going to be a fantastic addition to our squad.
“Huge credit must go to Chairman Robert Wilson and Chief Executive John Ward for helping to make the funds available to make this transfer happen. Historically, we’ve always been a selling club and that doesn’t change however, having the backing of the board to be able to go and spend money on securing the services of a player to help better the squad is greatly appreciated and I’ve no doubt that backing will be rewarded with Shamal’s inclusion in the squad.
“I want to go on record thanking Colchester for their professionalism and understanding. I would also like to thank Shamal’s agents who have been tremendous in helping get this one over the line. Lastly, I want to thank Shamal himself as I know he had far more lucrative offers elsewhere but chose to continue his development with ourselves here at Livingston.”
Welcome to Livingston, Shamal!