Manchester United Under-23 goalkeeper Matej Kovar has signed a new deal with the club.
The 19-year-old has been our first choice shot stopper in the Premier League 2 this season.
Kovar signed his new contract before linking up with the Czech Republic Under-21 squad for the upcoming international break.
The youngster notably saved a penalty to help us earn three points against Fulham’s Under-23s back in September.
Head of our academy, Nick Cox, explained that we are producing a number of young, talented goalkeepers currently. He told MUTV:
“This is a great time for our Academy goalkeepers with both Dean Henderson [England] and Kieran O’Hara [Republic of Ireland] receiving senior international call-ups, and we are looking forward to seeing all of our young keepers fulfill their potential.”
With our first two backups being the wrong side of 30; Lee Grant aged 36 and Sergio Romero 32, it is expected that one of our youngsters will play backup to David de Gea in the coming seasons.
Dean Henderson has been called up to the senior England team for the first time ahead of UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Czech Republic and Bulgaria on 11 and 14 October 2019 respectively.
The 22-year-old is impressing during his second consecutive season-long loan at Sheffield United. Henderson has kept three clean sheets in his eight Premier League appearances for the Blades this season after helping them to a surprise promotion last term.
Kieran O’Hara is the first choice goalkeeper down at Burton Albion in League One. He made his senior Ireland debut last month in a 3-1 international friendly win over Bulgaria in Dublin.