Ex-Canary Crichton signs for King's Lynn

Former Norwich keeper Paul Crichton is poised for his King's Lynn debut at Gloucester tomorrow after completing a season long loan switch from Conference National Cambridge United.

Former Norwich keeper Paul Crichton is poised for his King's Lynn debut at Gloucester tomorrow after completing a season long loan switch from Conference National Cambridge United.

Linnets' boss Keith Webb moved for the experienced stopper after first choice keeper Shaun Marshall was diagnosed with a persistent ankle problem.

The 38-year-old Crichton missed United's win against Woking last weekend after being disciplined by the club following an alleged incident with supporters in a 3-1 defeat at Rusden & Diamonds ten days ago.

“Paul was already in my mind to come in and do a bit of coaching with the keepers,” said Webb. “When the physio confirmed Shaun's been carrying this niggling injury I had to move fast, with John Higgs having also left us. I know Paul will come in and do a job for the club straight away. He'll add a bit of experience and he's a good character to have in the dressing room. Paul is just setting up his own soccer schools as well so it suits him perfectly. Shaun needs to rest the ankle right now. When he's fit I'll pick whoever I feel can do the best job for the team.”


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Back up keeper Duncan McAnally is included in the Gloucester travelling party but Norwich loan recruit Andrew Cave-Brown is unavailable. The versatile teenager has flown out to a Spanish training camp with the Scotland U19 squad as they gear up for the World U20 youth championships in Canada later this year.

Webb expects the youngster to return for Lynn's crunch Southern League, Premier home clash with leaders Bath next week. The Linnets' chief revealed Cogenhoe target Steve Diggin had accepted an invite to train with the squad ahead of the Romans visit.

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“I've spoken to the lad and there's some positive vibes,” he said. “He'll come training with us and probably watch the Bath game. It's a chance for both parties to have a look at each other. Hopefully we'll sit down with the chairman after the Bath match and see what we can do.”

King's Lynn will host Rugby in the errea Southern League Cup quarter final after Town edged out Stourbridge 2-1. Quarter finals tie will be played the week commencing February 12.

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