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Schmeichel departs

Kasper Schmeichel has linked up again with Sven-Goran Eriksson at Notts County for an undisclosed fee.

The former Denmark Under-21 goalkeeper, who joined City in November 2004 when he turned 18, has faced fierce competition and played only two senior matches last season, cup-ties against Brighton and Santander.

Kasper, who had loan spells at Darlington, Bury (twice), Falkirk, Cardiff and Coventry, made his Premier League debut in August 2007 and started seven league games in all, keeping four clean sheets.

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Make no mistake, this is a big signing for Notts County. Their profile has been hugely raised with their recent takeover and the appointment of Sven. This could be precisely the type of 'statement' signing they need, and one which will make people sit up and take notice.

It is still a surprise on some levels, given that Schmeichel has both Premier League and Championship pedigree. Whilst he performed capably in his appearances with us, I do think he was helped by Richards and Dunne being at their best partnership wise. Whilst not quite at the level required for the Premier League, I did expect him to land with a Championship side though.

Still, he is a young 'keeper and has plenty of time on his side and - like we are trying to do in enticing players to the club - can see the potential of what Notts County are trying to achieve over the coming seasons.