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Keeper Search Goes On

14 January 2014

Boss looking at stopper options during window.

Despite the promising form of young Ben Garratt, the Crewe Alexandra manager is still interested in signing another loanee goalkeeper.

Garratt has been in good form after replacing the former loanee Neil Etheridge and the boss showed great faith in the England youth international by selecting him ahead of the more experienced Steve Phillips and Alan Martin.

A return move for Etheridge has been muted but an untimely injury to his team-mate Maarten Stekelenburg has seen the Philippines number one progress into the first-team squad of late. Fulham may well need Etheridge to cover for their injured goalkeeper.

Steve Davis told the club’s official web-site: “Fulham still have an injury to Stekelenburg and Neil has been covering there, so I need to speak to them again.

“If he is going to need to provide cover we need to look at alternatives, which we have already done. Neil may be there for another two or three weeks and if that's the case we need to do something different.

“I just think we need somebody now - this week if possible. It would help us.

He added: “Ben has done very, very well - better than I expected - but it is a very tough situation for a young keeper. He'll have learned so much from it put putting too much pressure on a young lad wouldn't be the right thing to do. It's a big ask at this stage of his career, with 20-odd games to go. He has handled it very well.”

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