Keeepers fight for possession

Ex-Canaries young and not quite so young could be fighting for the goalkeeping jersey at Cambridge United next season.

Ex-Canaries young and not quite so young could be fighting for the goalkeeping jersey at Cambridge United next season.

Veteran Paul Crichton joined the Conference outfit as player-coach in June, but the 37-year-old could be competing against

ex-City Academy stopper 18-year-old Shane Herbert, released by the Canaries at the end of last season.

Herbert played the second half of Cambridge's midweek 7-0 thrashing of Ridgeons League Division one side Fakenham.

Us manager Rob Newman - who was also impressed with Herbert's performances in two trial games at the end of last season - said he would be talking to Herbert about the possibility of moving to the Abbey.

Herbert - who came close to signing for King's Lynn earlier this month - spent the second half of last term on loan at Gillingham under the eye of Crichton, who was then player-goalkeeping coach with the Kent side.

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“Shane came in because we need a back-up for Paul and he could be the one,” said Newman. “He's coming in and we'll have a chat to see what he wants to do.

“He has been under Paul's tuition for the last year and he says Shane is very able, so we'll see what happens.”