Oldham Athletic goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler is reportedly set to sign for League One side Port Vale on a free transfer, according to the Oldham Times.
The 34-year-old has fallen out of favour at Boundary Park, following the arrival of goalkeeper Mat Hudson from Buxton FC, meaning his days at the National League side are numbered.
Who is Jayson Leutwiler?
The Canadian goalkeeper is a product of the FC Basel academy in Switzerland, enjoying several loan soells before moving to Middlesbrough in 2012. He has since had several permanent spells with clubs like Blackburn Rovers, Huddersfield Town and Fleetwood.
In July 2021, Oldham Athletic landed the shot-stopper on a free transfer. He kept nine clean sheets in 29 games during his first season, before making just one appearance last season for the club.
The step up
Oldham Athletic suffered a frustrating start to the 2022/23 season, sitting in the bottom four before they began to turn their form around. The club eventually finished the season in 12th place, securing a top half finish.
Meanwhile, Port Vale showed plenty of early promise, before slipping down the League One table. They finished the campaign in 18th place, just four points above the relegation zone.
What’s been said?
According to the Oldham Times, Leutwiler is one of a few players set to leave the club. They stated…
‘Jayson Leutwiler is understood to have had a similar conversation after falling down the goalkeeping pecking order since the arrival of Mat Hudson from Buxton, and is expected to complete a move to Port Vale this week.’
Leutwiler theoretically hasn’t done enough to justify a two-division increase this summer but life as a goalkeeper is very different from an outfield player. He has made over 160 EFL appearances throughout his career.
This allows him to add plenty of experience to the League One side, ahead of a tough 2023/24 campaign for the club.