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Palmer joins on emergency loan

Baggies stopper steps up with Ryan and Ross ruled out

12 April 2019

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Notts County have completed the emergency loan signing of goalkeeper Alex Palmer.

The 22-year-old stopper has joined the Magpies from West Bromwich Albion due to both of Notts' senior goalkeepers being unavailable for Saturday's trip to Crewe Alexandra.

Ryan Schofield will serve a one-match suspension after being dismissed for a professional foul in Notts’ last match, while fellow keeper Ross Fitzsimons has been withdrawn on doctor’s advice due to illness.

Palmer, who will return to West Brom after Saturday's match, is embarking on his second emergency loan of the season having helped Oldham Athletic to a 3-1 victory over Cambridge United in November.

The former England youth international has further first-team experience following a loan spell with Kidderminster in the National League, along with a number of Checkatrade Trophy appearances for the Baggies.

Magpies manager Neal Ardley said: "I would like to say a big thank you to West Brom and Alex for helping us out at such short notice.

"Alex is one of the goalkeepers we were looking at closely in January and he's already shown in training that he's more than capable of stepping into Ryan and Ross' shoes.

"His attitude has been first-class and I think he should be commended for seizing his opportunity to play his part in our fight for survival.

"I'm sure our big away following will get right behind him and the rest of the lads tomorrow."

Palmer will wear squad number 13.

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