Exeter City boss Matt Taylor is hoping to sign a free agent goalkeeper before Saturday’s League Two top-of-the-table clash with Forest Green Rovers.
Taylor is set to be without his first-choice keeper Lewis Ward for an extended period after the twenty-two-year-old shot-stopper broke his arm in last Saturday’s hard-fought 1-1 draw at Crewe Alexandra.
Ward was in fine form before his unfortunate injury, keeping five clean sheets in twelve appearances following his summer arrival from Reading, helping the Grecians to a blistering start to the current League Two campaign.
While the injury is a blow for Exeter, Jonny Maxted came in for Tuesday’s 2-0 EFL Trophy win at Newport County and proved to be an adequate replacement with an excellent display. The twenty-five-year-old is an experienced campaigner having made twenty-six League One outings for Accrington last season, but with Ward out for a while, Taylor is still keen to ensure he has adequate cover to maintain the Grecians’ excellent start to the campaign, and with the transfer window closed, the free-agent market is his only option.
Speaking to Devon Live Taylor explained that although dealing in the free-agent market is fraught with difficulties he’s hopeful of adding to his squad before the big weekend clash. He said: “I will bring someone in and we are working hard behind the scenes.
‘There are not as many free agents as you will imagine, certainly not goalkeepers, and I want to bring in a bit of quality as well.’
‘There will be a goalkeeper coming in, possibly before Saturday, but if it is not before Saturday, then certainly before next week.’
‘It will have to be a free agent because, unless all our goalkeepers are injured, you can’t bring in a loan.’
A great opportunity for a keeper currently clicking his heels on a Saturday afternoon.
After several near misses, it seems this campaign is undoubtedly Exeter’s time for promotion as Taylor continues to prove he was an excellent choice to replace Paul Tisdale.
There is no doubt Ward’s injury is a blow softened by having Maxted in reserve, but Taylor has proved to be an astute dealer in the market, and it is a good move to bring in further cover for the Grecians promotion push.
It will be interesting to see who he brings in.