Fresh Developments in Imps’ Keeper Hunt

It seems the Imps’ pursuit of keeper Josh Griffiths is finally set to be confirmed, with TalkSport journalist Alex Crook reporting the 21-year-old has agreed to join us on loan.

Michael’s pursuit of a keeper has been one of the main stories of the summer, with Leyton Orient’s Lawrence Vigouroux linked at one point. However, with nobody incoming, it does seem that we have had our eye on one man, and one man only.

The man in question is Josh Griffiths, another West Brom player looking for some more senior experience. He spent last year in League Two with Cheltenham, impressing as they earned promotion. His career path is remarkably similar to Alex Palmer – win promotion from the basement division and then (hopefully) join Lincoln City the following season.

Much has seemingly depended on West Brom’s keeper situation this campaign. Palmer is widely believed to be capable of being their number one, if not playing second fiddle to Sam Johnstone. However, they have also been eyeing a move for Andy Lonergan, which in turn is thought to be a catalyst in allowing Griffiths out on loan.

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Like Palmer, Griffiths was wanted not only by his former employers when they earned promotion, but a host of other clubs in our division. Sheffield Wednesday gave up some time ago, and Portsmouth opted to sign Gavin Bazunu from Manchester City instead. It really has seemed a case of when, rather than if Griffiths signed, and hopefully now we’ll see him finally commit to the Imps.

Remember, Alex Palmer didn’t join City until just days before we played Crewe in the cup last season, so the whole ‘understanding the defence’ thing isn’t as important as many think. However, it will be nice to think he’ll get at least one pre-season runout with the rest of the squad before the big season opener away at Gillingham.

If the move does come off, which it seems likely to now, then how we handle Sam Long’s progression is going to be the next discussion point. Do we send him out on loan and possibly include Matt Boylan in the first-team setup, turning to an emergency loan if there were an issue with Griffiths? Some fans would undoubtedly prefer us to carry two full-time keepers, but I can’t see that happening personally.