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THIS ONE'S A KEEPER...Heart sign Redmayne
MELBOURNE Heart have started planning for life after Clint Bolton by signing Brisbane Roar and Olyroo goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne for the next two seasons.
Redmayne, 23, will join Heart following the completion of the first phase of Brisbane's AFC Champions League campaign, making him Heart's first new recruit for their next campaign.
Coach John van 't Schip said Redmayne's recruitment was part of a longer-term strategy for when incumbent 'keeper Bolton, 37, eventually retires.
"Andrew is a 'keeper with a very promising future ahead of him," van 't Schip said.
"He is physically strong, agile and technically very good on the ball, making him well suited to our style of football.
"With the right approach to his training and development, Andrew has the potential to develop into an elite goalkeeper and future international.
"We are building a youthful squad for the now and for the long term, and I think Andrew fits into the club's philosophy very nicely."
A member of the Olyroo side attempting to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games, Redmayne has featured in the Australian youth set-up for five years, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Sport.
Redmayne has also spent four seasons in the competition, having served apprenticeships under Danny Vukovic and Michael Theoklitos at Central Coast and Brisbane respectively.