Keeper tops Robins wish list

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Ilkeston FC boss Kevin Wilson says he is keen to bring in a quality goalkeeper as the Robins continue to plan for next season.

A total of seven goalkeepers were used by Wilson last season, five of those being loaned from other clubs.

And despite promotion ultimately being gained and many of the keepers regularly putting in fine displays, it’s an area where Wilson is keen to gain some stability next year.

He said: “It was a tricky position for us last season. Our first goalkeeper, Aaron Butcher, unfortutely struggled to produce the quality required and after that it was decided we’d try and bring in young professionals on loan where possible.

“We’re very lucky in that a lot of clubs are impressed by what we do here and are happy to send their lads to develop, and that helped when it came to signing Ben Gathercole and Dimitar Evtimov from Forest and Lloyd Allinson from Huddersfield.

“There was some bad luck with Dan Lowson as an injury to Alfreton’s regular keeper saw him recalled when he was doing well here, but otherwise, despite there being so many, the keepers we used did very well and helped the back four improve as the season went on.”

Wilson is now very open to the possibility of returning to a professional club for another loan deal.

“It’s a case of whether we go for someone experienced at this level but who might not have as much quality, or go for a full-time professional who is keen to learn and develop,” he said.

“I’m talking to a few players in various positions at the moment and that includes those who could solve the goalkeeping problem.”