Dar­ren is true golden goalie

Sunday Sun - - Football -

A GOOD goal­keeper is worth his weight in gold to any team – and in Dar­ren Ran­dolph Boro have made a 24 carat sign­ing.

The for­mer West Ham keeper is not only solid and de­pend­able, but he has made many vi­tal saves which have helped save valu­able points.

His cru­cial derby day saves against Sun­der­land were off the top shelf.

Most of our knowl­edge of Ran­dolph last sea­son was based on watch­ing him on Match of the Day. I, for one, never re­alised he was such a top drawer keeper.

How­ever Garry Monk was well aware of the spe­cial tal­ents of the Repub­lic of Ire­land in­ter­na­tional be­cause he was on the phone to West Ham within hours of them an­nounc­ing the sign­ing of Joe Hart.

It took £5m to prise Ran­dolph away from West Ham but looks like money well spent. Cer­tainly Boro be­lieved in him strongly enough to hand him a fouryear con­tract.

It was an added bonus that Ran­dolph took ab­so­lutely no con­vinc­ing to step down to the Cham­pi­onship and move to the North-east.

He said: “Leav­ing West Ham was an easy choice as it was made clear I wasn’t go­ing to be the No.1.

“That’s foot­ball for you. One of the things I wanted to achieve was to prove to peo­ple that I could do it at Pre­mier League level and I did that.

“The main thing for me is to be play­ing reg­u­larly. Boro of­fered me that chance and, in any case, I be­lieve that I have come to a Pre­mier League club in the mak­ing.

“Also I knew that if I wanted to con­tinue play­ing for Ire­land I had to stay ac­tive.”

Ran­dolph is Ire­land’s No.1 keeper ahead of Sh­effield Wed­nes­day’s Keiren West­wood who, iron­i­cally, was also strongly linked with a move to the River­side dur­ing the sum­mer.

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