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Durkin departs Deeping to join Grantham

Manager Michael Goode insists he’s prepared to be patient to replace striker Danny Durkin who departed Deeping Rangers this week.

Durkin has moved up two levels to join Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division side Grantham Town after netting eight goals in 13 appearances for the Clarets.

With fellow frontman Cameron Johnson also moving onto a higher grade with Tamworth recently, Rangers’ attacking options have been reduced despite the acquisition of Jonny Lockie from Spalding United.

Danny Durkin has left Deeping to join Grantham. (5444442)
Danny Durkin has left Deeping to join Grantham. (5444442)

Goode explained: “Danny turned Grantham down two weeks ago which I was obviously over the moon with.

"But they have now offered him an amount of money which you cannot turn down. We're disappointed to lose him because we're still in three cup competitions and in the higher echelons of the league.

"It's always disappointing to lose someone who has scored that amount of goals so we are going to have to reshuffle the pack, but he didn't play at Pinchbeck recently and we won 1-0 there.

"We've still got that in our locker and obviously the door is still open for him, but he's a young lad who has been given the opportunity to play at step three.

"Jonny Lockie was cup-tied on Wednesday night so he will come back in on Saturday and he has done well for us.

"He's desperate to play and will be an asset for us so at the moment we've got an opportunity to be patient.

"Dan Schiavi is going to take four or five weeks to get back into the flow of things so you've got him and Henry Dunn, who is now back from suspension, to add to the equation.

“We've got to add more goals though because we can't leave that burden to Scott Mooney too much. We've got to give him some support, but we’ll be patient for a few weeks and see what occurs.”

Rangers have also bolstered their goalkeeping options by signing former Lincoln United and Sleaford Town custodian Phil McGann.

McGann kept a clean sheet on his Clarets debut on Wednesday night when they won 1-0 at Bourne Town in the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy.

Goode commented: “Phil is in full-time for us now. He's played for Ollerton this season, but he hasn't been playing at this level for a bit.

"He looked slightly rusty and he's slightly unorthodox in his goalkeeping style, but he will bring us reliability.”

Rangers travel to Kirby Muxloe on Saturday. The United Counties League Premier Division match will kick-off at 2pm due to floodlight issues at the Leicestershire club.

Michael Simpson and Billy Stubbs will return to the Rangers fray after missing the midweek match at Bourne.

Rangers then return to the Haydon Whitham Stadium on Tuesday night when they host Oadby Town in a rearranged league match.

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