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Opportunities limited for keeper Hall

Goalkeeper Freddy Hall’s first team chances at Northampton Town appear to be limited following the loan signing of Matt Duke from Bradford.

Hall failed to make the bench in Tuesday’s win over Macclesfield with new capture Duke starting between the sticks, and US youngster Neal Kitson preferred on the bench.

It serves as a blow to Hall who would have hoped for an extended run in the side, having replaced another loanee, Chris Weale, late on in last week’s victory against Wimbledon.

Weale faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines and has since returned to Leicester City. Hall stood in for injured first choice keeper Shane Higgs for two games last month but returned to the bench when the Cobblers brought in Weale.

Boothroyd said Duke was highly rated by goalkeeping coach Tim Flowers.

“I’m delighted that Matt has joined us on loan from Bradford until the end of the season,” he said.

“Matt is a very good goalkeeper, he’s played in the Premier League and he has worked with Tim Flowers before.

“Tim speaks very highly of him and I’ve come across him a few times when my teams have played against him in the past.

“I think he’s exactly what we need and while I was very disappointed to lose Chris Weale to injury I’m extremely pleased to have signed a player of Matt’s calibre.

“In terms of character I think it’s the most important position on the pitch and particularly when a team is under pressure you need someone who has been around a bit and who can lead by example. Matt brings all those things to the team and I’m really pleased to have him on board.”

A regular for Bermuda in their World Cup qualifiers late last year, Hall was mentored and coached by Shaka Hislop at Quinnipiac University, in the US.

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Published February 21, 2012 at 1:00 am (Updated February 23, 2012 at 8:04 am)

Opportunities limited for keeper Hall

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