Summer pursuit ends as 19-y/o pens Imps loan deal

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The summer-long pursuit of a keeper finally ended today as the Imps landed Josh Griffiths on loan from West Brom.

The 19-year-old England Under 21 international, who was part of the Three Lions squad for the U21 European Championship earlier this summer, will remain at Sincil Bank until the end of the season.

“I spoke to the gaffer and goalkeeper coach Steve Croudsen over the summer and really liked what I heard about the ambition of the club – it seemed a good fit,” he told the club’s official site.

“And I spoke to some of the lads who were here last season, specifically Alex Palmer, and they all said good things about the club so it was an easy decision. Alex didn’t have a bad word to say, he said the lads were all great and had a real driving force and philosophy.”

Helped Josh choose the Imps – Credit Graham Burrell

“My first aim for this season is to play as many games as possible. I played quite a few last year and want to follow on from that, as a club there has to be an aim to win as many games as possible.

Like Palmer, Griffiths already has one promotion under his belt, having appeared 50 times for Cheltenham last season as they won promotion from League Two.

“Going on loan last year was the best thing I could have done as a younger player: we played Man City in the FA Cup and to top it off with promotion and a medal was brilliant.”

The Hereford-born keeper has emerged from the Baggies youth academy after joining at the age of 10. He won the Young Player of the Year award at Whaddon Road and was coveted not only by the Robins, but also Sheffield Wednesday and Portsmouth earlier in the summer.