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Academy Goalkeeper enjoying life with the Imps

4 October 2018

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Imps Academy goalkeeper Matty White says he is enjoying life at Sincil Bank following his arrival towards the end of the 2017/18 season.

The young shot-stopper was playing Saturday league football before venturing into full-time Academy football with The Imps.

White spoke highly about being involved in Lincoln’s Academy setup saying: “It has been a good experience since I have been here, the coaches and all of my teammates have been really welcoming.”

Prior to joining City, the 18-year-old spent time at SkyBet Championship side Nottingham Forest. However, White didn’t sign a permanent deal at the City Ground opening up the opportunity to join Lincoln.

After putting in a number of impressive performances for the Academy side, White was offered the chance to work under First Team Goalkeeper Coach, Andy Warrington.

Warrington arrived at the Imps in July 2018 after three years with Grimsby Town. The 42-year-old had an impressive career winning a number of promotions with Doncaster Rovers and Rotherham United.

Speaking about dealing with the pressure and the advice Warrington had to offer, White said: “The experience is ridiculous, the tempo from Saturday football to academy football is completely different and there is more pressure but it has been brilliant. 

“Coming from a first team goalkeeper coach, you’ve got to impress him but people deal with pressure in different ways, I look up to Josh Vickers being number one. He’s the one who sets the standard.”

The Academy side beat Hartlepool United 2-0 last weekend with goals from Jordan Adebayo-Smith and Elliott Sartorious. They face SkyBet League One’s Walsall Under 18’s at home this Saturday in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup.

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