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AFC Telford United bring in Wolves keeper Harry Burgoyne

HARRY BURGOYNE has signed for Vanarama National League North side AFC Telford United, covering for friend and injured keeper James Montgomery.

The impressive young Wolves stopper, 19, has already spent time on loan with Lowestoft Town and Corby Town so far this season.

And he has now been drafted in on a temporary basis by Telford after number one Montgomery injured his hand in the game against Hednesford Town on Boxing Day.

He made his debut on Bank Holiday Monday, also his 19th birthday, but couldn’t stop the Bucks from going down to a 1-0 home defeat to Gloucester City.

On signing for Rob Smith’s men, Burgoyne said: “When I got the call from Telford on Sunday (27 December) morning, I was gutted to hear that Monty (James Montgomery) had dislocated his finger, as it’s the last thing that he would have wanted to have happened over the busy Christmas schedule.

“James is actually a really good friend of mine – I got to know him well after he moved down from Sunderland – and we have remained good friends ever since. He’s a great lad and is really dedicated to his football.

“From my perspective, if Wolves are happy for me to go out on loan to Telford, I am more the happy to deputise for James while he is out of action. The National League also provides a physical challenge, which is good for my own personal development.

“Wolves play their U21s’ games at Telford too, so I know the place pretty well. It’s a very good set-up; probably one of the best I’ve seen outside of the National League Premier Division, so it’s always a pleasure to play there.

“I don’t know much about Gloucester City, but what I can say is that I will prepare myself as I would do for any Barclays Premier League U21 fixture and give 100 per cent on the day.”

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