AFC Bournemouth have signed Norway international goalkeeper Ørjan Håskjold Nyland on a free transfer.
The 30-year-old has signed a one-year contract at Dean Court having been a free agent since his release from Norwich City where he had spent 5 months, without playing a single game.
His last appearance in professional football came in the EFL Cup, whilst still at Aston Villa in September 2020. His last league appearance came in June 2020 against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ten days prior to that appearance the goalkeeper was inadvertently at the centre of an incident that arguably was one of the reasons behind AFC Bournemouth’s relegation from the Premier League in 2020.
Following the suspension of the 2019/20 season for three months due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the Premier League re-started behind closed doors in June 2020, the first game to be played was on 18th June between Aston Villa and Sheffield United.
On that day, Nyland was playing for Aston Villa and conceded a goal from an Oliver Norwood free-kick, only due to the referee and linesman’s reliance on Hawk-Eye for goal-line technology, the goal wasn’t given as Hawk-Eye had failed to work correctly.
Aston Villa held on to a point due to that goal not being given and would ultimately avoid relegation from the top flight of English football by that one single point, at the expense of AFC Bournemouth.
AFC Bournemouth Head coach Scott Parker told afcb.co.uk…
“We’re pleased to bring Orjan to the club, he brings a wealth of experience both in the Championship and internationally, and we’re looking forward to having him as part of the squad.
“He’ll add good competition to Mark Travers and Will Dennis, it’s been an area we’ve needed to look at and I’m excited about working with him.”
Ørjan Håskjold Nyland
— Ørjan H. Nyland (@OrjanHNyland1) August 17, 2021
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— AFC Bournemouth 🍒 (@afcbournemouth) August 17, 2021
In total Nyland made 36 appearances in all competitions for Aston Villa between August 2018 and February 2021. Prior to his move to England he had played for Ingolstadt in the top two divisions of Germany and in his home nation of Norway he played for Hødd and Molde, winning the Norweigan Cup with Hødd in 2012 and then winning it a further two times with Molde in 2013 and 2014 as well as winning the Eliteserien title, Norway’s top division.
Think this is a good, though not amazing, signing. We needed more depth and experience in our goalkeepers and that’s exactly what he provides. Not a Begovic replacement, but we weren’t likely to find someone of his quality in our price range. Seems like Travers will stay #1, have an experienced head to learn from, and be a solid backup in case of any injuries/severe drops in form. – Join the conversation, click here.