Chris Kirkland joins the club after signing a one-year deal at Gigg Lane
Experience comes to Gigg Lane in the shape of former England keeper Chris Kirkland, who has signed a 12-month contract with the Shakers.
35-year old Chris Kirkland started his career at Coventry City in 1998, where he was to go on and make 24 appearances before joining Premier League Liverpool in 2001. In 2006 he moved, this time to Wigan Athletic – having previously enjoyed a nine game loan period from Liverpool.
It was at the DW Stadium where Chris played the most games during his long career with a total of 122 games. Whilst at Wigan he also enjoyed loan spells at Leicester City & Doncaster Rovers before moving to Sheffield Wednesday in 2012.
Released by the Owls at the end of the 2014/15 season, Chris signed for Preston North End, despite having a trail period with Bury ahead of last season. His time at Deepdale though brought just five appearances for the Lilywhites before being released by Simon Grayson at the end of last season.
Chris also enjoyed appearances for the England national side at Under 21 level and with the full England team in 2006.
In total, Chris has made 330 appearances for club and country and arrives at Gigg Lane having signed a 12-month deal.