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Transfer talks arise as Luke Williams discusses Tiernan Brooks' debut performance for Notts County


Despite a positive display from Tiernan Brooks on his league debut over the weekend, Luke Williams has indicated that Notts County are still in the market for a potential new goalkeeper.

The Magpies were compelled to fill the void left by their regular number one, Sam Slocombe, after he picked up a hamstring injury during training for their trip to Hayes Lane, which could leave him on the sidelines for several weeks.

With on-loan goalkeeper Archie Mair from Norwich City among the substitutes, the 20-year-old Brooks was selected after featuring for Hednesford Town and Boston United during two loan spells this season.

Brooks was called into action just eight minutes into the game at Bromley, when Geraldo Bajrami was caught on the wrong side of Corey Whitely, and Brooks was tasked with the challenge of saving the spot-kick. Slocombe is yet to achieve this feat in a Notts shirt, with Adam Marriott stepping up to take the penalty after scoring from 12 yards in the Raven's previous match against Torquay.

Brooks saved the penalty with his legs, much to the delight of the 645 travelling Magpies fans to his right. However, he was forced to try and repeat his heroics ten minutes later after being adjudged to have brought down a Bromley player inside the area. Marriott made no mistake this time and sent Brooks the wrong way.

Despite an action-packed debut which was almost cut short after a momentary lapse in concentration saw him avoid a second booking, Notts boss Williams expressed his satisfaction with the 20-year-old's performance.

Luke Williams, Notts County Head Coach said:  "I think he did very well, I did think there would be moments in the game that would be difficult for him and of course you expect that and I think there was one action where he took a little too long with the ball - other than that I think he played very well.

"He distributed the ball very well, made some big saves, and commanded the box well, so I am happy with him."

Although Brooks put in a positive performance, it was disclosed after the game that the Notts manager was looking to strengthen his goalkeeping options, even though he already had Canaries loanee Archie Mair on his team.

"In terms of goalkeepers, we are going to look at the options that we already have. Tiernan gave a great performance I think in my opinion."

"So he has given us hope that he has a bright future with us - but we also need to look at whether someone can come in.

"It's a big moment in the season and we have a number of goalkeepers we are looking at."

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i think if luke williams puts faith into brooks it will pay off, there is no point looking for another keeper when the lad from norwich cant even get into the first team. that loan is pretty redundant in my opinion. i think williams made a mistake by mentioning that the club are looking at other keepers, just praise brooks and leave it at that.

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