FC Halifax Town have secured the signing of Alex Simmonds from National League side Lincoln City on loan for three months. The 20-year-old striker, who is the son of former Lincoln City striker Tony Simmonds, came through the youth ranks at Sincil Bank and signed a professional deal in 2014. He has had loan spells at Grantham Town, Boston United and Spalding United.
New manager at Altrincham Jim Harvey is set to receive a significant boost in his quest for new signings. Premier league striker and former Alty forward Duncan Watmore’s recent appearance for Sunderland has triggered a contact clause that will bring Altrincham a five-figure haul. Several add-ons were negotiated when Watmore left for the Stadium of Light three years ago, including one entitling Alty to a five-figure payment after ten starts for the Black Cats, a feat he achieved against Everton on Monday night. In a statement of intent about addressing on-field shortcomings and injuries that have left Alty without a league win in eleven games so far, the club’s Board have placed the entire amount at the disposal of recently-appointed manager Harvey for team strengthening.
Darlington 1883 have signed goalkeeper Paul Woolston on loan from Championship neighbours Newcastle United.Woolston made national headlines in March 2014 when, as a 15-year-old schoolboy, he kept a clean sheet on his under-21 debut against Manchester United. The former Washington United player and Biddick Academy pupil joined the Magpies in 2013 after leaving his boyhood favourites Sunderland.
The Quakers need to rest first-choice keeper Peter Jameson due to a thigh injury.
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