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Notts County confirm triple signing of Branislav Pindroch, Pierce Bird and Callum Saunders

Joe Jones

Notts County have announced three signings in one fell swoop on Monday evening with Branislav Pindroch, Pierce Bird and Callum Saunders all putting pen to paper on deals at Meadow Lane.

Pindroch is the first Slovakian to be on the books at Notts - born in the central city of Banska Bystrica, the 25-year-old came through the ranks at FK Dukla Banska Bystrica before joining Czech club MFK Karvina in 2013.

The goalkeeper had been on trial with the Magpies and came off the bench during the recent friendly against Nottingham Forest.

Defender Bird, meanwhile, had also tried out for Notts and scored the winning goal in the victory at York City last weekend, the 18-year-old working as a civil engineer in a factory before penning a deal at Meadow Lane.

Striker Saunders, the son of former Liverpool striker Dean, has also been on trial with the club and scored in the friendly victory over Alfreton Town.

The 21-year-old came through the academy system at Crewe Alexandra, scoring twice in 35 appearances for the Railwaymen before being released at the end of the 2016-17 season.

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Good luck to all of them!

I'm a bit sceptical though. Bird will need time and patience: let's not forget he's only 18 and has a lot of developing to do. It would be unrealistic to expect him to slot into the first team straight away. Trouble is, if we have more than one centre-half out injured or suspended, he'll be on the pitch whether he's ready or not.

I haven't seen Pindrich play, but there are some stats on Transfermarkt. In the season before last he played 28 times and kept 16 clean sheets in the Czech second division, which isn't bad at all. He also doesn't seem to be one of those players who change clubs every season (he played for MFK Karvina for five years). But I question the wisdom of having three senior goalkeepers, one of whom won't even be making the bench. Collin, Fitzsimmons and the youth lad would surely have been enough. We could have put the money towards strengthening another area of the squad where we actually need it.

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Pierce Bird is the stand out signing for me, all he lacks is experience which he'll get when he plays, lets hope he gets the chance to make that most human of gestures (a mistake) without being hounded into never being seen again.

I know of at least one club a lot higher up that were taking a serious look at him.

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