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|LYNN BORROW CRICHTON AND LIKE THE LOOK OF DIGGIN
British Gas Business Southern League Premier Division club King`s Lynn have swooped to sign experienced goalkeeper Paul Crichton.
Crichton (pictured) arrives at The Walks on loan from Nationwide Conference National side Cambridge United until the end of the season, with regular shot-stopper Shaun Marshall, who has been horribly out of form recently, suffering an ankle injury.
Manager Keith Webb said: “Paul is a good keeper. He’s been around a bit, he is still in good condition and that will benefit us.
“I’d like to thank the chairman and board, who have put themselves out to give me what I want.”
On Marshall’s injury, Webb said: “Shaun has been carrying an ankle injury and he needs to get it sorted as I think it may have affected his game recently.”
Crichton began his career at Nottingham Forest, although he made his league debut while on loan at Notts County.
He moved on to Peterborough, Doncaster, Grimsby and West Brom, while loan spells have also been spent with Darlington, Swindon, Rotherham, Torquay and Aston Villa.
Joining Burnley during the 1998/99 season, he was first choice in their promotion season of 1999/00.
He signed for Norwich in June 2001 from Burnley for £150,000 and made six first-team appearances.
Spells with York City, Stafford Rangers, Leigh RMI, Accrington Stanley and Gillingham followed before signing for Cambridge United as player-coach in June 2006.
Linnets boss Webb has also expressed his delight at signing defender Greg Crane on an eighteen-month contract at The Walks.
Webb, who worked with Crane at Norwich, said: “Greg’s displays have improved steadily since I arrived at the club.
“Greg is still a good age and capable of improvement.
“If he does develop as I expect then it wouldn't surprise me to see other clubs interested in him.”
With fellow defender Grant Cooper now available for selection following a one-match suspension, Webb has a big decision to make at the back.
“Grant Cooper is a huge part of this squad like everyone else and has a big part to play,” said Webb.
“We’ve got a lot of fixtures coming up and the whole squad will be involved at some point.
“We can’t afford for players to mope around because they are not in the starting line-up. We are all in this together.”
Webb has now given up on signing a Conference National striker, believed to be Rushden & Diamonds’ Dan Chillingworth, who switched to Cambridge United on deadline day, and has now turned his attentions to the lower leagues to find a new hot shot.
The Linnets boss has tabled a seven-day approach for Eagle Bitter United Counties League side Cogenhoe United`s striker Steve Diggin, a former schoolboy with Aston Villa, who has notched sixteen goals this season.
Webb, who is also expected to put in a seven-day approach for Barton Rovers' striker Zema Abbey before the weekend, said: “He is a young lad and everyone I’ve spoken to has said what a good player he is, so we’ll have a look at him.”
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