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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Thu 15 Sep 2016
Posted in First Team

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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