Cardiff City snap up experienced Championship goalkeeper Lee Camp

Cardiff City have completed the signing of Lee Camp from Rotherham United on a two-year deal subject to international clearance. 

The 32-year-old goalkeeper has become Neil Warnock's fourth signing of what has already been a busy summer for the Bluebirds. Camp will join Neil Etheridge, Nathaniel Mandez-Laing and Callum Paterson who have all already been snapped up by the Championship club ahead of next season. 

A wealth of experience 

Camp has a huge amount of experience, especially at this level and has proven to be a reliable figure. Throughout his career, he has played for Derby County, Burton Albion, Queens Park Rangers, Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, West Bromwich Albion, Bournemouth and Rotherham. 

His most successful spell came at Forest where he made 163 appearances during a four-year spell at the club. He was a key figure under the management of Billy Davies and played a huge part in back-to-back play-off campaigns in 2010 and 2011. However, the emergence of Karl Darlow through the Forest youth academy saw Camp's time at the club ended by then manager Alex McLeish

Lee Camp's most successful spell came at Nottingham Forest. (picture: Getty Images / Ben Hoskins)
Lee Camp's most successful spell came at Nottingham Forest. (picture: Getty Image/Ben Hoskins)

Camp and Warnock reunited 

Camp has previously worked under Warnock when he was manager at Rotherham United the season before the last. During this spell, Warnock led the Millers to a miraculous recovery which saw them avoid the drop down to League One from what appeared to be an impossible position. 

He told Cardiff's official site that he is looking forward to working with Warnock once again: “I’m really pleased to have signed for Cardiff City. The manager has always been fantastic with me and I’m delighted to work with him again."

He continued: "Having worked with him previously too, I’ve already got a really good relationship with Andy Dibble (Cardiff City FC’s Goalkeeping Coach). He knows how to get the best out of me and we bounce off one another."

Bluebirds manager Warnock stated that Camp's reliability in net was a key factor in him bringing him to the club: “He’s what I call a ‘Steady Eddie’. Lee has always done well for me."

Camp's arrival at the club means that there is now a three-way fight for the number one jersey ahead of next season but Warnock believes it is good to have healthy competition for the spot: “It is down to the goalkeepers now to see who can cement their place in the starting eleven, and keep that number one jersey."