Name: Alex Palmer
Born: 10 August 1996, Kidderminster
Loaned From: West Brom
Lincoln Appearances up to 01/06/2021: 58
Towering keeper Alex Palmer joined the Imps on loan from West Brom on September 4th, 2020, along with teammate Callum Morton. He made his Imps debut a day later, playing in goal for the 2-1 EFL trophy win away at Crewe Alexandra. He made his Imps league debut a week later, keeping a clean sheet and earning rave reviews as City beat Oxford United 2-0.
Palmer initially came through the youth ranks with West Brom, making the bench for the first time for their 4-1 defeat by Arsenal in May 2015. Not long after, he joined hometown club Kidderminster Harriers on a youth loan. He had a second spell with Kidderminster in 2017, before getting his first Football League experience on a seven-day emergency loan with Oldham Athletic. He appeared just once for the Latics as they beat Cambridge United 3-1. The first goal he conceded in the Football League was bagged by a former Imp, George Maris.
His next senior football came during another emergency loan, this time at Notts County. He shipped three goals as they were beaten 3-0 by Crewe, oddly current Imp James Jones bagging the third. The following season, Palmer finally got a run of games, this time on loan at Plymouth Argyle. Whilst at Home Park he helped his side to promotion from League Two, keeping 14 clean sheets into the process, which was the highest from any keeper in the shortened season.
At the time of writing, Palmer has bettered that with the Imps, keeping 15 clean sheets in total. That’s 13 in the league, with one in both the EFL Trophy and the League Cup. His heroics in the EFL trophy quarter-final against Hull saw him save three penalties in the shoot-out, setting up a delicious semi-final clash with former Premier League giants Sunderland. For those heroics, he won Player of the Round, the third time in a row a Lincoln player won the award.
Palmer was ever-present during the 20/21 league campaign, but picked up a concussion ahead of the play-off semi-final against Sunderland. The Imps were forced to call Joe Bursik in from Stoke on an emergency loan, before Palmer returned for the second leg.
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