Norwich City keeper to join King’s Lynn Town
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Young Norwich City goalkeeper Archie Mair has joined King’s Lynn Town.
The 19-year-old will spend next season on loan with the newly-promoted National League side.
Mair joined the Canaries from Aberdeen last summer as part of the club’s Under-23s, but found himself on the bench for the Premier League game against Aston Villa, which City lost 5-1, at Carrow Road in October, because of injuries to Tim Krul and Ralf Fahrmann.
Mair is a Scottish Under-19 international, with six appearances for his country.
Linnets director of football Rob Back said: “We are extremely pleased to be able to bring Archie to The Walks for the new season. He is an extremely talented young man and we are all looking forward to working with him on the training pitch and then in full action very soon. Norwich City hold Archie in a high regard so we are very grateful to Norwich City for allowing him to come to us for the new season.”
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Mair will be fighting for the number one spot with the popular Alex Street and gives Linnets manager Ian Culverhouse one of those welcome selection headaches – and certainly one he hasn’t had for a few seasons.
Street played in all 32 games of the Linnets’ successful National League North promotion season, keeping nine clean sheets in the process.
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The 29-year-old won the Southern League Golden Glove Award for the most clean sheets – 17 – in the 2018-19 season.
Street joined Lynn from Wisbech Town in 2010 and after some loan spells away, has established himself as undisputed number one, although Lynn’s success under Culverhouse has seen him as the only playing keeper in the squad.
Culverhouse regularly names squads without a goalkeeper, although his assistant Paul Bastock, had a long and successful career in non league football and has been named on the subs’ bench on occasion.
Mair is Lynn’s third new signing, following the permanent deals for Alex Brown and former Canaries front man Jamar Lozar, and follows confirmation last week that leading scorer Adam Marriott had signed a new deal with the club.