Bristol Rovers have signed their second player in this January transfer window; Queens Park Rangers’ goalkeeper, Joe Lumley on loan until the end of this season.
So, who is Joe Lumley?
The 21-year old’s career began back in 2010 when Lumley signed for Queens Park Rangers after being released by their London neighbors, Tottenham Hotspur; but it wasn’t until January 2016 where the youngster made his first league appearance in the Championship against Blackburn Rovers, resulting in a 1-1 draw.
In March 2014, he joined National League South side, Bishop’s Stortford on a one month loan in order to gain some first team experience. After his debut appearance against Tonbridge Angels, he continued on at the club to make three more appearances before returning to QPR.
In the 2014 summer transfer window, Lumley signed a one-month youth loan with League Two side, Accrington Stanley – making his debut appearance against Bury on 30 August. Similar to his spell at Bishop’s Stortford, the keeper only remained at the club for four more appearances before returning.
It was only three months later when he signed for Morecambe, who were also in League Two on a one month deal. Unfortunately, Lumley only made one appearance where the club was defeated 1-0 by Dover Athletic in the FA Cup.
On 7 October 2015, his loan spell in League Two continued when he signed for Stevenage on a one month loan. He did not make a single appearance at the club and returned back to Loftus Road.
Lumley will be at Bristol Rovers for the rest of the 2016/17 season. The League One side have been desperate for a new goalkeeper since Derby Country’s Kelle Roos was recalled back to his parent club in December. The club’s only remaining keeper is former non-league player, Will Puddy. His loan spell [Lumley] will provide more healthy competition for first choice in the squad. Could he be the man to fulfill Rovers’ hopes of finishing in the top 6?