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tiernan brooks as the backup keeper, would you?


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a fan on facebook mentioned to me that he would have brooks as the backup and not sign a third goalkeeper. i think it would generate an interesting conversation as it is an area where we could save a bit of money whilst giving game time to a player that would only get better. would you have tiernan brooks as the backup keeper?


I wouldn’t bother with a backup keeper, as I’d make the young Brooks as actual backup.

the only concern i have is those fans who are impatient and angry, a keeper needs to be confident and they are always open to heavy criticism which might be to much for him.

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Good question. I'd certainly like to see him in action, FA Trophy games and the qualifying rounds of the FA Cup would be a good starting point. But if Slocombe got a injury early in the season that meant he'd be out for a while I think it would be too early for him... But then I'm saying this having never seen him play, so who knows maybe he'd come in a do well! 

If you want to develop a player you either have to play him or loan him out so he can get game time. I think IB said he wanted 3 keepers so maybe there would be scope to send Brooks on loan to a team in the divisions below.

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I personally would guarantee him game time against certain teams, I am not sure I feel as "backup" would be wise - as Sam Slocombe most likely will miss some games due to injury. However, it sounds like Jake Kean might be the fallback option which I would be perfectly happy with.

Provided he agrees to wear the shirt when required.

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Chasing promotion? I wouldn't leave him as backup.

If Jake Kean plays as the backup and Tiernan Brooks as the optional keeper than I am happy with that, as @Chris pointed out. I think it would be easier to answer if we had seen him play in goal for the first-team, that might be enough to sway my opinion in favour but because getting out of this league is of great importance. Playing a rookie keeper could cost us those points that might make all the difference come the season.

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Most clubs have a fill in type keeper who only starts if the main keeper is injured, at this level it would be a luxury to have 2 good keepers.

I mean its not like switching keepers give you a tactical advantage over the opposition, but it is important game time is given to young players. I have no issue with him as backup, I would be more concerned if Sam Slocombe had gone and the suggestion was to make him the first choice option.

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I think its time Notts started to blood in the youth players, there is talk about loans but I think slowly settling in players who are capable of improving game by game is a must. If he can make 5 or more appearances it's a start.

Then send him out on loan to a club that will guarantee him a start more regularly.

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