Aston Villa goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist joins Solihull Moors on short-term loan

The Swiss under-21 international will provide emergency cover for the National League North leaders.

Villa have sent young goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist on loan to National League North side Solihull Moors, as confirmed on the club’s official site.

The 23-year old joined the Villains from FC Basel in 2009 but has yet to make his senior debut and will see some much needed game time at The Moors.

He joins on a one-month loan deal as emergency cover for first-choice stopper Danny Lewis, who was injured last weekend, and goes straight into the squad for Saturday’s FA Cup third round qualifier against Worcester City.

The move represents his third stint away from Villa after loan spells at Burton Albion and Cambridge United in recent seasons.

His prospects of breaking into the first-team setup at Villa Park seem slim however, with the likes of Brad Guzan, Mark Bunn and Jed Steer all ahead of him in the pecking order at present.

While lamenting the loss of his first-choice ‘keeper, Moors manager Marcus Bignot was delighted with the signing and feels the move shows how far the club have come in recent years.

“Obviously the injury to Danny Lewis is not ideal however to be able to bring in such a well respected and talented replacement is fantastic for the club,” said Bignot, in quotes published by the Birmingham Mail.

“For the Moors this is a big step in the loan market, we have been in talks with clubs about some top end Academy goalkeepers and this shows where the club has come in being able to attract such a talented individual.”

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