Coventry City Goalkeeper Simon Moore signed by Sunderland - The Coventry Observer

Coventry City Goalkeeper Simon Moore signed by Sunderland

The former Coventry City goalkeeper Simon Moore has been signed by rivals Sunderland as part of a two-year deal.

Sunderland recently sold their backup goalie, Alex Bass, for an undisclosed amount to Notts County. Simon Moore will now serve as Sunderland’s backup goalie behind first-choice Anthony Paterson.

Moore’s contract with Coventry City ends this month. The Sky Blues announced on 9 May of this year that Moore would be let go after his contract ends on 30 June.

News of Moore’s transfer comes at the same time Coventry City announced several new signings, including Connor Mort, James Mace, and Kevin Hemagou. The transfer window remains open until 1 July, with many other player’s contracts ending at the end of the month. The best betting sites UK players can access allow them to place wagers on transfers in addition to standard football bets, so fans will have plenty of options for betting while waiting for the next Premier League season to start in August.

Over the last three years, Moore made a total of 44 appearances for Coventry City in the EFL Championship and two appearances in the FA Cup. He served as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper throughout his time at the club, with Cian Tyler and Ben Wilson as backup.

His prominence in the club and regular appearances ensured he was often the subject of goalkeeper save bets on crypto sports betting sites.

The 34-year-old goalkeeper will provisionally join the Black Cats for two years. However, his contract could be extended for an additional season after that.

With Moore set to leave, Coventry is left with Ben Wilson, Bradley Collins, and the recently signed Luke Bell as its goalkeeping options.

Luke Bell signed a one-year contract with Coventry at the start of the month. However, the 20-year-old played for Coventry throughout his youth career, having started with the under-15s team.

He’s regularly trained alongside Collins, Wilson, Moore, and the rest of the Coventry first team. He was also on the bench during last season’s games against Ipswich Town, Blackburn Rovers, and Maidstone United.

Moore joined Coventry City in 2021 as part of a three-year contract, having transferred from Sheffield United.

The keeper had played at Sheffield United since 2016, having been transferred to the Blades from Cardiff City. This 2016 trade was reportedly lucrative. Moore revealed in a 2021 interview that this deal was worth £500,000.

Sheffield United were relegated from the top flight in 2021. However, they played in the Premier League during the time that Moore was signed to them.

In total, Moore made two Premier League appearances for Sheffield United during the 2019/2020 season.

Between 2013 and 2016, Moore was signed by Cardiff City and was on loan to Bristol City in 2014. He played regularly for Bristol City during the 2013/2014 season, making a total of 11 appearances for the team.

Moore’s breakthrough season was 2012/2013, during the last season of his contract with Brentford. He served as second choice goalkeeper to Richard Lee. Lee had to step back due to an injury during this season, which gave Moore a good opportunity to prove his worth.

With Moore’s help, Brentford were able to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup Final and finish third in the league, which was a significant achievement for the Bees. One particularly memorable FA Cup game from this season witnessed Brentford drawing 2-2 with European champions Chelsea.

To this date, Moore has made more appearances for Brentford than he has for any other team, with a total of 61 games played.

Before Brentford, Moore played for Farnborough during the 2008/2009 season and Brading Town between 2006 and 2008 at the start of his senior football career. He also played for Brading Town during his youth career in addition to Southampton.

Moore is also technically an international player, having played in goals for the Isle of Wight during the 2009 Island Games.

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