STAGS SIGN LENNY PIDGELEY ON LOAN
Experienced ‘keeper joins Stags on loan
mansfieldtown.net, 2nd February 2015
Lenny Pidgeley arrives from Newport County until the end of the season.
We are pleased to announce the signing of experienced goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley on loan from Newport County until the end of the season, subject to international clearance.
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The 30-year-old, an ex-England youth international, boasts tremendous experience having racked up over 250 appearances in his career.
Manager Adam Murray said: “We feel that by bringing in Lenny, he will add much-needed experience, organisation and communication to our team.
“Lenny’s experience will also help develop Sascha [Studer] and it’s a position in which we’ve lacked experience since the loss of Alan Marriott.”
He added: “This new group of players have had four games together so far and are producing high levels of performance without getting the results we deserve at the minute.
“As we all know, results are the bottom line and I’m more than confident that these results will come.”
Born in Twickenham, West London, Pidgeley began his career in the academy ranks at Chelsea. He worked under Claudio Ranieri, Brendan Rodgers and Jose Mourinho during his time at Stamford Bridge and made first team two appearances - being understudy to regular shot-stoppers Petr Cech and Carlo Cudicini.
Having also gained senior experience from loan spells at Watford and Millwall, he joined the latter permanently in June 2006 and spent three seasons at The Den, during which he clocked up 65 appearances in all competitions.
Pidgeley then enjoyed season-long stays at Carlisle United, Bradford City and Exeter City, before penning a deal with Newport County in August 2012.
He made his debut for the Exiles in a memorable game against us at One Call Stadium on the opening day of the 2012/13 season - a campaign which was to end in glory as Newport beat Wrexham in the Conference Premier play-off final to seal promotion to the Football League.
In total, Pidgeley has kept 63 clean-sheets in 213 league appearances, and registered three successive shut-outs in the aforementioned Conference Premier play-offs of 2012/13.
Lenny Pidgeley set for Mansfield Town loan deal
by Michael Pearlman, southwalesargus.co.uk
NEWPORT County goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley has jettisoned the Exiles’ promotion push and will instead help Mansfield Town battle League Two relegation.
Ex-Chelsea stopper Pidgeley is set to join the Stags on loan until the end of the campaign and has likely played his last game for County as he will be out of contract on June 30.
The 30-year old joined the Exiles in August 2012, initially on a non-contract basis to cover for injury to new signing Alan Julian.
However, the former number three goalkeeper under Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge proved a big hit at Rodney Parade and established himself as first choice goalkeeper, helping the club to promotion from the Conference in his first season with the club. He was also Justin Edinburgh’s number one last term in Newport’s maiden campaign in League Two.
The ex-Millwall man has played more first team games for the Exiles than any other club in his career, but he hasn’t featured for the Exiles since a 1-1 draw with Burton Albion on August 23.
Pidgeley was dropped following County’s poor start to the campaign and the arrival of loanee Joe Day and has since slipped to third choice after Day’s impressive run of form and the return to fitness of ex-Liverpool stopper Jamie Stephens.
The Argus can reveal Pidgeley almost moved to Wrexham on loan earlier in the campaign, but will instead switch to the Stags, who were champions of the Conference in 2013 and promoted alongside Newport.
However, it’s been a disappointing campaign so far for Mansfield who slipped into the League Two relegation places on Saturday and are currently 18 points behind the Exiles.
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