STAN TERNENT will continue his search for an experienced goalkeeper to provide cover for Matt Glennon – but says he’s not losing sleep over the situation.
Town’s boss has two highly-rated England junior internationals in Simon Eastwood and Alex Smithies, but is concerned by their lack of first-team experience.
Eastwood, 19, has yet to feature at that level while 18-year-old Smithies has made one appearance as a substitute and one start.
Having failed in a bid to sign up trialist former Oldham and Everton stopper Paul Gerrard before the transfer window closed last week, Ternent can now make loan signings.
But he says he won’t be rushing into anything, and having gone into the 2-1 League I win at Cheltenham without a keeper in his 16, could do the same when Tranmere visit on Saturday.
Smithies played for the academy team in the 2-2 draw at Manchester City while Eastwood travelled to Whaddon Road but watched from the stand.
Glennon, now in his third season at the club, has missed only one game, when he was suspended for last season’s 4-0 loss at Leeds after being sent off during the 4-1 defeat at Southend three days before, therefore giving Smithies his chance.
“Not having a keeper on the bench is clearly a calculated gamble,” said Ternent, who gave both Eastwood and Smithies run-outs in Tuesday’s training-ground practice match against Everton.
“Statistically, having to use a substitute goalkeeper is a rarity, and having five outfield players as substitutes provides extra options.
“We do have outfield players who could take over should Matty be injured or sent off when we don’t have either Simon or Alex on the bench.
“As long as we don’t have a more experienced deputy, it’s something we’ll consider on a match-by-match basis.”
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