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Barnsley goalkeeper David Preece joins Lincoln City

By Barnaby_B  |  Posted: December 04, 2012

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Barnsley goalkeeper David Preece has today joined Lincoln City on a non-contract basis.

A former Sunderland trainee, Preece made his Football League breakthrough with Darlington, playing more than 100 times in two seasons, before signing for Aberdeen.

The 36-year-old spent six seasons in the Scottish Premier League before moving to Denmark, firstly with Silkeborg IF and then Odense Boldklub, before returning to England.

Signing for Barnsley following his release by Odense Boldklub, Preece spent the majority of his time at Oakwell as cover for Luke Steele, although he did feature a handful of times in The Championship.

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Lincoln City managerDavid Holdsworth said: "David will join us short-term with a view to an extension. He brings with him some excellent experience."

Preece has been handed the number 31 squad shirt.

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  • nigelsparky  |  December 06 2012, 3:50PM

    Someone who is in their late thirties, will never be as agile as someone in their late teens and twenties, especially with the pace of the modern game. It's time these "old men" realised it and retire gracefully from the game, instead of hanging on into their dotage, thus denying promising young players the opportunity to prove themselves. I don't doubt that he was, and maybe still is a half decent keeper, however, it would appear that he was released by Barnsley, as they signed the much younger (25) Ben Alnwick, who's career was somewhat stunted at Spurs, as they had three keepers ahead of him, Gomez (31) Cudicini (39) and Friedel (41). They do have a younger keeper there by the way of Lloris (25) who is the French number 1 making his international debut at the age of 20 and has since won 42 caps, yet Spurs prefer to play an "old man" of 41! ahead of him. Someone needs to break with this tradition in the English game, as it's stifling the careers of many a young promising keeper. It is also quite sad that Spurs have 4 keepers in the first team squad, and not one of them being English!

  • thommo85  |  December 06 2012, 11:24AM

    As a Reds fan exiled in Lincolnshire, I wish Preece the best of luck at the Imps. I always thought he was unlucky at Oakwell. He was understudy to one of the best keepers in the Championship (in my biased opinion!) who has been in the form of his life over the past 2 years - as a result he didn't get much of a look in. In my opinion, when called upon he did better than other backup keepers we've had in over the past few years - most of which have come with big reputations (Mannone, Tony Warner, Białkowski and Button). To sum up his luck - at the back end of last season he was told his contract wouldn't be renewed, broke his arm in warm-up and then our no 1 was ruled out for the rest of the season all the space of a couple of weeks! He always came across as a nice guy and popular with team mates. On the rare occasions I did see him play he looked to have a strong presence and communicated well with his back 4. He always looked in good shape & agile so I wouldn't think his age would be an issue - especially on a short term deal. Good luck Imps and Preecey!

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  • alltheseyears  |  December 05 2012, 3:46PM

    I disagree entirely - we did not fail dismally last night - Get some perspective. We failed dismally regularly at home with Tilson in Div 4 - Bury 0-5, Rotherham 0-6 and last year with him again and early Holdsworth - remember how dismal we were against Carshalrton? But last night we just played badly and you could see if hurt the players. We'd have not scored if we'd still been playing. This is a vastly superior squad than we've had since Chris Herd. Somma and - before he got tired - Grimes. Don;t begin to get downhearted - its always gonna be two steps forward one step back/

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  • OldLincolnia  |  December 05 2012, 3:18PM

    There has to be method in the madness. Somebody (DH) knows something, and suspect a few pence will roll in come January...time to get a new man into the team 'system' and 'spirit' to take over for the rest of the season, with new youth keeper ready for next. Remember, you read it here first. PS: Craig Gordon is available.

  • Npton_Imp  |  December 05 2012, 2:05PM

    Oh I agree Nigel completely. Young enough = good enough. But would our fans be patient enough? I include myself in that - I remember thinking Mike Pollit was the worst keeper we'd ever had? Look where he ended up.

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  • nigelsparky  |  December 05 2012, 1:25PM

    It is a shame for the youth, but goalkeepres are not a position to take risks with like you can take a 10 minute punt with a young striker. Their time will come, if and when they are good enough. From what I have seen, one of them is certainly good enough now! Whilst I can see the first part of your point, why is it that English football very rarely play a young goalkeeper? You say their time will come! Like when they are in their early to middle twenties? like most other English keepers, having being loaned out to sides that are marginally better than your average Sunday pub team. Farman being a case in point, this is his first real season playing regularly, and how old is he, 23! On the continent they are not afraid to play young keepers, take Casillas for instance, he made his Real Madrid debut at 17 and won a champions League winners medal just 4 days after his 19th birthday. and there are many more keepers on the continent with similar records, but we have this mindset here, even if they are good enough, we just won't play them, until they are well into their twenties, preferring to play an old man in his late 30's and early 40's.

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  • Npton_Imp  |  December 05 2012, 12:44PM

    In an age where players rarely stay at a club for more than 2 seasons, at 36 this guy could still be useful for at least that long. If he is potentially better than what we have - then why not? It is a shame for the youth, but goalkeepres are not a position to take risks with like you can take a 10 minute punt with a young striker. Their time will come, if and when they are good enough. I would not be surprised to see interest in Farman in January.

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  • redimp45  |  December 05 2012, 9:38AM

    I have no idea why the imps have signed another keeper but what I do know is that yet again the Imps have a reduce gate price promotion and yet again fail dismally and therefore will struggle to attract new fans back to the the bank.

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  • nigelsparky  |  December 05 2012, 9:19AM

    So now with four keepers at the club and no reserve team, when will they all play? How are our very promising young keepers going to develop? Do we need this guy? Can we afford this guy? Even on a non contract basis, he will still be getting paid. I cannot see the point in bringing in an old "has been" that never really has been anything anyway? Unless of course Farman is on his way in January, which I very much doubt. So much for youth development eh!

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  • eatmygoal  |  December 04 2012, 4:45PM

    Is he any good?