Date: Fri 18 Oct 2013

Rushton answers Newtown's Keeper SOS

Jon Rushton has joined Newtown on loan

Jon Rushton has joined Newtown on loan

Newtown will use a fourth goalkeeper of the season when they travel to Aberystwyth Town this evening, as John Rushton has joined on a domestic loan transfer from Gap Connahs Quay.

The 23-year-old has been playing second fiddle to Terry McCormick this season and his boss Mark McGregor is keen for him to have game time. Rushton joined the Nomads from West Cheshire League outfit Manor United at the start of 2011/12 and went on to be ever-present in the Welsh Premier in 2012/13 and impressed in his debut season for the club.

At Newtown, Mike Platt impressed with his start to the season as the club's new number one, before he sustained a broken hand and had to receive surgery.

After Platt's injury, in came Aaron Warwick, stepping up from the reserves to fill the gap for one match at Airbus which saw him concede six goals.

After that one game, Warwick was replaced by a loan transfer from The New Saints in the shape of Chris Mullock, which prompted Warwick to depart for Llanidloes Town. Since then, Mullock has been outstanding in goal for the Robins, but whilst training with TNS on Thursday, he sustained knee injuries and has to have a scan to assess the problem.

"Gap Connahs Quay were very understanding and provided excellent cooperation in a very speedy domestic loan and many thanks to them


"Gap Connahs Quay were very understanding and provided excellent cooperation in a very speedy domestic loan (between two Welsh Premier league teams) and many thanks to them," said a Newtown statement.

John is the brother of former popular Newtown player, Nicky Rushton who was on loan from Wrexham for a season and a half in 2011.

Meanwhile, Platt is scheduled to be back under the surgeon's knife today, when he hopes to get his pins removed.