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SPRING 201011his contract with Hull City FC on transfer deadline day and in time to secure his status as a Free Agent. Wigan Athletic strengthened their goalkeeping department in the light of Richard Kingson absence with Ghana at the African Cup of Nations, by recruiting Serbian goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovi from Sporting Lisbon.On loanDepartures on loan from Premiership clubs included Fulham's David Stockdale who joined Championship strugglers Plymouth Argyle and Karl Ikeme who extended his loan from Wolves with Queens Park Rangers. Similarly, Arsenal allowed Pole Wojciech Szczesny to remain with Brentford until the end of the season, Man Utd's Tom Heaton will hope to help struggling Wycombe Wanderers avoid relegation from League 1, whilst Spurs have aided Shrewsbury's promotion push from League 2 by offering the Shropshire outfit the services of England under 20 keeper David Button. In the Championship there was little movement despite the media linking Lee Grant with a reunion with former manager Brian Laws at Burnley and Keiren Westwood with a move to Sunderland. Swansea City however rewarded promising Wales Under 21 keeper David Cornell with a new 3 year contract, whilst across the Severn Bridge the relationship between Bristol City and Adriano Basso was less harmonious. The Brazilian was placed on the transfer list by manager Gary Johnson and having failed to move looks set to see out the remainder of his contract. This prompted the Robins to bring in former Yeovil and Crewe stopper Steve Collis on a short term contract until the end of the season, and to allow former Villa keeper Stephen Henderson to join Aldershot on an initial month's loan. With Paddy Kenny still suspended following his failed drugs test, Sheffield United looked to strengthen by bringing in Mihkel Aksalu from FC Talinn of Estonia, and were forced back into the marketplace to sign Steve Simonsen from Stoke, when Blackburn recalled Mark Bunn following Paul Robinson's calf injury. Having stumbled into administration Crystal Palace also agreed to extend the loan of Daryl Flahavan, to Oldham Athletic, whilst another club familiar with administration, Southampton FC, allowed Michael Poke to remain at Torquay United.In League 2, Frank Fielding is hoping he can contribute to his Rochdale side making history by winning promotion from the basement division for the first time in 35 years (the longest unbroken stint in League 2 !)-before rejoining parent club Blackburn Rovers. Fellow promotion chasers AFC Bournemouth have rewarded keeper Shwan Jalal with a 2 year contract extension. Paul Peschisolido has returned to former club Birmingham City to secure the services of Artur Krysiak on loan for his Burton Albion side, whilst fellow midlanders Northampton Town attracted Jason Steele to the Sixfields stadium in a similar short term capacity from M'Boro. Passing in the opposite direction, Notts Forest stopper Shane Redmond faced the long and daunting trip to Darlington where relegation from the Football League seems inevitable.ScotlandOnto the SPL, where in early march Celtic confirmed that they were in talks with Polish international Artur Boruc to extend his contract at Parkhead.Departing Parkhead, keeper Mark Brown signed for Hibernian on a two and a half year deal , which prompted the club to place Yves Ma-Kalambay, whose contract expires at the end of the season, on the transfer list. Two departures on a short term basis from Edinburgh saw Mark Ridgers join East Fife on loan from Hearts and Thomas Flynn make the same move to Alloa from Hibernian.Flying into the SPL from overseas, Dusan Pernis joined Dundee United on a free transfer from MSK Zilina. Also in the SPL, Everton's on loan goalkeeper, John Ruddy, saw his fine form rewarded with an extension to his loan deal with Motherwell until the end of the season. Title chasing Rangers allowed George Ingliss to sign for Hamilton Accies, whom also snapped up Brian Potter, whilst Jamie Barclay joined East Stirling from SPL outfit Falkirk.Daryl Flahavan / Image courtesy of Oldham Athletic FCShwan Jalal / Image courtesy of Mick Cunningham PhotographyJohn Ruddy / Image courtesy of EvertonFC.com

12SPRING 2010As the Premier League's big hitters steal the front and back page headlines, it's not all glitz and glamour, WAGs and catwalks for the majority of pro footballers.After 16 years earning a living between the sticks, Bradford City's Matt Glennon faces the most daunting time of his professional career. With almost 400 games under his belt, he's played in front of 60,000 at Celtic Park, saved three penalties in one game and even scored with a volley from the edge of the box. But come this July, like some 600 professional players across the UK, Matt will be out of contract and looking for a new club.Family Support"Of course it's a worrying time. I've got a family to look after. But you simply have to knuckle down and back your own ability. The last thing you can do is let it get to you." said the 31-year old GK who joined the Bantams half way through this season."I've been in this situation once before where I turned down a new contract at Carlisle and ended up at Falkirk. Three games later, we were away at Celtic and I was playing in front of 60,000. The atmosphere was incredible. So I'm aware your fortunes can change very quickly."On The Bench"I've been in the game for a long time now and managed to pick up lots of friends and contacts along the way."I'm really keen to avoid sitting on the bench. Others can do it, but I'm afraid I'm no good at it. It's absolutely something I just can't do. On a couple of occasions, I've moved on from clubs because I'd rather be playing."I'm only 31 and I'm hopeful I've got my best years infront of me. I look after myself, most pros eat and train very differently to when I first got into the game."Brothers In Arms"Keeper sessions used to be very long and very physical. These days the emphasis is on sharpness and agility and making sure you recover quickly in time for the next game.But then, as now, the keepers stick together like a Band of Brothers."People say keepers are daft, but really, when outfield players do all that running around, who are the daft ones? A couple of years ago, before I resigned form Huddersfield, I was being linked with the likes of Coventry and Birmingham City," said Matt, whose fondest memories are saved for the dedicated band of followers at Brunton Park."I've enjoyed a good rapport with fans wherever I've been but the fans at Carlisle were terrific with me," said Carlisle's former Supporters' Player of the Year."I had three enjoyable seasons there, and while there were lows, there were some great highs," adds the Stockport-born stopper, who was part of the side who were relegated from the league in 2004 but bounced straight back up via the Conference play-offs."It was fantastic to get straight back up and reward the supporters, who remained very loyal," he said. "Cumbria is a real outpost - I laugh when some players complain about a three-hour coach journey to an away game. For Carlisle, that's a local derby! - but they still took loads of fans away. I remember going to Leigh RMI, whose average attendance was around 600, and there were more than 2,000 Carlisle supporters there."Matt's confidence in his own ability means he's convinced the days playing in front of packed houses in major stadia are not behind him."People know what I can do for them. I'm fitter, stronger and more agile than at any time and I'm hopeful I'll find another club before pre-season starts."To see Matt's goal for St Johnstone vrs Ross County, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhApt-ZMPOMMatt Glennon / backpage imagesKeeper seeks club for long-term love affair...Matt GlennonPosition: GoalkeeperDate of birth: 08/10/78 (31)Height: 1.87mNationality: EnglishPersonal profile:Drives: 3 Series BMWIn CD Player: James BluntFave Holiday: CyprusMust remember to pack: Wife and kidsLoves: ShoesStar Sign: LibraFavourite present player: Wayne RooneyFavourite former keeper: Peter SchmeichelFan as a schoolboy: Stockport County (ballboy)1997-2001 Bolton Wanderers 0 appearances2000 Bristol Rovers (loan) 1 appearance2000-2001 Carlisle United (loan) 29 appearances2001-2002 Hull City 35 appearances2002-2005 Carlisle United 114 appearances2005 Falkirk 21 appearances2005-2006 St. Johnstone 12 appearances2006-2010 Huddersfield Town 109 appearances2010 Bradford City 10 appearances