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Anssi Jaakkola

Goalkeeper

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Biography

Date of birth

13/03/1987

Height

193 cm

Signed

01/07/2019

Country

Finland

The goalkeeper signed for the Gas in the summer of 2019 - arriving at the Mem following a spell in the EFL Championship with Reading.

The Finnish international has a vast amount of experience, having started his career in his homeland at the age of 17. 

A move to Siena followed in 2006, ahead of a stint with Slavia Prague followed before a switch to Scotland saw the 'keeper join Kilmarnock in 2011.

It was during his time at Rugby Park that the goalkeeper made his first appearance for the Finnish national side, making his international debut against Sweden, the first of three senior caps to date.

In 2013, Jaakkola headed to South Africa to feature for Ajax Cape Town, spending a three-year spell and tallying over 70 appearances.

A transfer to Reading in 2016 saw the goalkeeper return to the UK – with his first appearance for Reading coming in an EFL Cup fixture against Plymouth in August 2016.

During the 2018/19 campaign, Anssi featured 16 times in all competitions for the Royals, before departing the Madejski at the end of his deal.

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