Swindon Town have officially completed the permanent signing of Liverpool goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux. The 22-year-old returns to Wiltshire on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee after appearing 36 times for the League One club during a successful – if initially controversial – stint in 2015/16.
A former Tottenham Hotspur youth team player, Vigouroux moved to Anfield two summers ago after impressing during a trial. He represented their U21 side without making a single senior appearance. The Chilean moved to Swindon last August and expressed the need to play games "out in the real world" before seeing his deal terminated two months later in farcical circumstances after he paid a £50 late training fine in pennies.
He later apologised and was given a second chance by then manager Mark Cooper, heading back to the County Ground and establishing himself as first-choice 'keeper before his campaign was ended prematurely by a dead leg suffered in a 2-2 draw with Millwall in March.
"Liverpool academy goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux has today completed a permanent transfer to Swindon Town," the Premier League club confirmed on Friday (1 July). "The 22-year-old spent the 2015-16 season on loan with the League One club, making 36 appearances between the posts in all competitions.
"Vigouroux, who joined the Reds in the summer of 2014, has now committed his future to the Robins by sealing a switch to the County Ground. Liverpool FC wishes Lawrence the best of luck in his future career."
Swindon declared themselves "delighted" with the deal and stressed that it was still subject to approval from the relevant football authorities. The Robins, who recently sold Nicky Ajose to Charlton Athletic, were thrashed 4-0 by Preston North End in the third-tier play-off final in 2015 and slumped 12 places to 16th last term after Cooper was sacked and replacement Martin Ling resigned after only 56 days in charge due to health reasons. Caretaker boss Luke Williams won six of 10 games at the helm to steady the ship before being appointed on a full-time basis in March.
Liverpool are currently well-stocked in the goalkeeping department, having recently secured the services of Loris Karius from Mainz to provide competition for Simon Mignolet, Danny Ward, Adam Bogdan and Ryan Fulton.
Jurgen Klopp has also boosted his squad with the signings of Joel Matip and Sadio Mane, while Kolo Toure is set to be released at the end of his contract, Joao Teixeria has agreed to join Porto and Jordan Rossiter is now at Rangers. Jose Enrique and Samed Yesil have also been released and it was announced yesterday that a £4m ($5.3m) agreement had been reached with Watford for striker Jerome Sinclair.