Young loan duo leave Meadow Lane

By Rob Davies
Last updated : 24 October 2005
Both players signed on the same day a month ago, as Notts manager Gudjon Thordarson looked to inject some vibrancy into his shot-shy attack.

However, neither of the youngsters had a real impact during their stints at Meadow Lane, with the Magpies' not registering a single victory since the youngster's signed their short-term deals.

Both enjoyed lively debuts - appearing as substitute's in the 0-0 draw at home to Rushden & Diamonds - but have since struggled to cope with the rigours of League Two football.

Homegrown striker McGoldrick (left) was featuring in his second spell for the Magpies - after leaving the club as a precarious 16-year-old to join Southampton. The skillful frontman had already made four first-team appearences at that stage, and made his debut for the Saints during their Carling Cup defeat at Mansfield Town this season.

That - and the fact that he had netted a highly-impressive 14 goals in 7 starts for the Southampton second-string this season - led to his move back to the Magpies.

The striker was handed the first-team experience he craved, but didn't impress the Notts support with his lack of on-the-field commitment.

He appeared as a half-time replacement during Saturday's 0-0 draw at home to Carlisle, but endured a tough time - struggling to make any sort of impact on proceedings. In total, the 17-year-old made seven appearences for the first Xl during his loan spell, starting on four occasions.

Berry, meanwhile, was slightly more impressive than his fellow loanee, impressing Thordarson with some skillful displays on the wing, particularly in the 3-0 defeat at Rochdale and 2-1 home loss to Boston.

The 18-year-old Crystal Palace man made six appearences, with just one of those coming as a substitute. The wideman was forced to sit and watch from the bench as the Magpies failed to unlock Carlise on Saturday, though.

It is believed that Thordarson was initially keen to keep the youngster, but with finances being tight, is instead now keen to bring in someone with more experience.

NCM wish both players well with their future careers.

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