Goalkeeper David James to make AFC Bournemouth debut against Walsall
David James is set to make his League One debut today four months after leaving Bristol City.
Bournemouth yesterday signed former England international goalkeeper James until the end of the season.
The 42-year-old was signed before the noon deadline, which means he will be available to make his debut against Walsall this afternoon.
James joined Paul Groves’ squad for training on Thursday and will compete with Shwan Jalal for a place in the starting line-up.
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He had been without a club after being released in the summer after two years at Ashton Gate.
In a 20-year career, James has also played for Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Ham, Manchester City and Portsmouth and earned 53 England caps.
James revealed Groves and former team-mate Richard Hughes helped persuade him to sign.
“The experience I had with Grovesy at Portsmouth was invaluable as coming in to a manager who I had no idea about would be scary,” he said. “I understand the guy, I like his methodology and I like the way he thinks.”
Bournemouth lost 4-0 at Swindon in their last League One match.