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Kevin Nolan: 'Scott Loach loan will let us make a decision on his Notts County future'

Joe Jones

Kevin Nolan says Scott Loach's loan move to York City will enable him to keep tabs of the goalkeeper in first-team action and make a decision on him at the end of the season.

The 28-year-old former England Under-21 international, who has made just seven appearances for the Magpies this season, sealed the switch to Bootham Crescent on Wednesday.

Nolan admits that Loach, whose deal at Meadow Lane is up at the end of the season, was desperate to play first-team football, but has been "first class" in biding his time as Adam Collin's deputy.

"Loachie was desperate to play and be number one somewhere so he could get some games under his belt," Nolan told the Nottingham Post.

"After York rang us yesterday (Wednesday) we just thought it would be an opportunity for him to go and do that.

"We can have a look at Joe Searson as well and then we can make a decision on them come the end of the season.

"I must admit Loachie has been first class since I came in. There's not been one whimper. All he's wanted to do is play games.

"But with Adam's form he's found that difficult. When York came along, I just thought it would be best for us and for him to go and play.

"It gives me a chance of getting a few tapes of him playing week in, week out, and then we can make a decision on him."

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I don't expect him to return, we would have seen Nolan test him out between the sticks - especially when Collin was poor prior to his arrival and for spells during it.

Most fans will probably assume the same, so I think it's more about how Collin does than Loach.

Regardless, I still think we need a new No.1 next season but I would prefer to Have Scott Loach as our backup than Adam Collin. Nothing personal, I just don't think he has much more about him to improve on and this makes me feel we need a keeper who can help 'lift' us. I wonder how many would like Roy Carroll back? :lol:

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