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Pilling joins keeper ranks

Former Welsh youth international checks in

4 September 2020

We have completed the signing of 23-year-old goalkeeper Luke Pilling.

The stopper this summer left his boyhood club Tranmere Rovers after 17 years of service, having joined the Merseyside outfit aged six.
 
Despite being born in England he has represented Wales at various youth levels and was voted Best Goalkeeper at the prestigious Toulon Tournament in 2017 despite his country’s exit at the group stages.
 
And Pilling is now hoping to replicate his international successes in the domestic game.
 
“I’ve come through from Wales’ Under 15s to the Under 21s and trained once with the senior squad,” said the keeper.
 
“I definitely want to build on that in my club career and get as many appearances as I can.
 
“It feels strange coming somewhere else when Tranmere was on my doorstep and that was all I knew from a young age, but it’s exciting for me – it’s a change and I definitely needed that.
 
“I know Sam Slocombe’s been a top keeper for a long time but I’m here to push him all the way and give people something to think about.”
 
Pilling will not be part of Neal Ardley’s squad for Saturday’s friendly at Ilkeston Town, with next weekend’s visit to Alfreton likely to bring his first run-out in Notts colours.
 
And the boss is looking forward to welcoming his new keeper into training on Monday.
 
“Luke’s very agile and quick around his goal – he’s good with his feet and we feel he’ll be able to play out from the back like Sam Slocombe does well," said Ardley.
 
“We need to push Sam and of all the goalkeepers the recruitment team and I have looked at, he’s the one we like the most. We feel he’s the right fit for us.
 
“This also opens up the avenue for Tiernan Brooks to go out and play games. Tiernan’s only young – he’s a real prospect but it’s probably a little too soon to be throwing him in."

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