Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he plans to sign a new goalkeeper next week, to cover for the loss of first choice Artur Krysiak, who has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2017-18 season. The Polish stopper suffered a posterior cruciate ligament injury in the match against Crewe Alexandra last weekend, and will not play until next season, after a specialist looked at his problem.
For the last two matches, including Saturday afternoon's match at Stevenage, Way has used goalkeeping coach Steve Phillips on the bench, whilst Jonny Maddison has had two-and-a-half matches between the sticks, with his performance at Barnet in midweek particularly impressive. Despite this, Way told BBC Somerset after this afternoon's 4-1 defeat at Broadhall Way, that he has been holding talks with another keeper who he hopes to sign next week:
"Both (Krysiak and Smith) are going to be out for a long time, so I think as far as the keeper situation is concerned, we have been looking. So hopefully we can do something with that area next week. We've got Steve (Phillips) but I think that it's more important that if there is someone out there, which there is and we have been talking to, that we look to do something as soon as possible."
Any plans to move for another goalkeeper will have to involve either an out of contract free agent, or one from non-league football, with both Maddison and Phillips recognised by the Football League as senior goalkeepers, meaning the club cannot invoke any 'emergency' transfer rule. That will inevitably restrict the market that Way is able to operate in.
Left-sided defender Nathan Smith has suffered a medial knee ligament injury and is currently expected to return in mid-April, meaning that he would only be available for a small handful of fixtures at the end of the season. Way hoped that other defenders would fill the gap whilst Smith is unavailable:
"Nathan is unfortunately going to be out for a long time as well, but as I always say, we've got a squad now to make sure that others step up to the mark. Off the back of this result, everyone has got an opportunity."
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