One goalie in, another out

Last updated : 28 January 2005 By Rob Davies
18-year-old Elliot was snapped-up by Notts player/manager Ian Richardson, after Villa recalled Henderson due to them receiving a loan offer from Brighton Hove Albion for the stopper.

Welcome, Rob
The Charlton man played in Wednesday's reserve game against Halifax Town, and impressed with a number of smart stops. Richardson was so impressed he admitted he may look to make a move for the youngster shortly after the match.

On the move, Elliot told Notts' official site: "I am very pleased to be joining Notts County. It will be good experience for me and I am excited at the prospect of being here for a while, so hopefully things will go well for me.

"The manager is a really nice bloke and he has been fantastic with me. I didn't need convincing to come to Notts County at all."

On his new team-mate and rival, Saul Deeney, Elliot admitted that the Irish under-21 stopper had already helped him out a lot.

"I have actually been staying with Saul Deeney while I've been training up here, so he has taken me under his wing and shown me the ropes. He is a top lad and a quality goalkeeper from what I have seen already."

The youngster is expected to start on the bench for tomorrow's trip to Leyton Orient. Expect a 'who r ya' on our London-based friend to come on NCM shortly.

Cheerio, Wayne
For Henderson, meanwhile, it was a classic case of the returning player. Returning to a club second time around rarely works, and this case proved to be no exception.

The 21-year-old was recalled by his club due to them receiving an offer from Championship Brighton, who could have given the talented keeper the first-team football he craved. However, Football League technicalities now appear to have scuppered the move, and the Irishman is once again in the wilderness.

He had enjoyed a hugely successful loan spell at Meadow Lane earlier in the season - occasionaly winning points almost single-handedly for the Magpies - but when he was brought back to the club by Richardson, found himself on the sidelines while fellow Irishman Deeney received the plaudits.

He clearly had far too much ability to sit on the bench for a League Two club and the loan move never looked likely to run its course, with or without Brighton's approach.

We wish Wayne all the best in his future career.