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15 May 2019

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Steve Mildenhall is itching to get back for pre-season to work with his set of goalkeepers for the new season.

All three ‘keepers have signed contracts for the 2019/20 season and ex-Town stopper and now-coach, Mildenhall is eager to get back to work with his trio of goalies. 

Archie Matthews is the youngest of the three signing his first professional deal after a solid season with the Under-18s as well as impressing while travelling with the first-team squad.

Will Henry, at 20-years-old, spent a productive season out on-loan with Swindon Supermarine and Gloucester City with both young goalkeepers able to learn under Luke McCormick, an experienced stopper who finished the season between the sticks.

Mildenhall is looking forward to working with a team that will benefit each other.

“I saw Archie when he signed his contract and I had a little chat with him and his parents – that made me really look forward to coming back for pre-season.

“I’ve known Luke McCormick for years – I played against him when he was first coming through at Plymouth in the Championship.

“He’s got a wealth of experience and is a solid, solid professional – he trains every day as if it’s his last day to play football. He’s knowledgeable, but always open and willing to learn even at the point in his career that he’s at.

“I think, for Archie, that, with our two other keepers – Will Henry’s work ethic is exceptional; some days you have to drag him off the training pitch because he’s out there so long – they’re two great examples.

“Will is a couple of years ahead of Archie in terms of what he’s done, Macca has a lot of games so it’s a great learning curve for Will also.

“Luke McCormick, on the flip side, has two young lads chomping at the bit to get past him so he’ll need to be on his toes – they’ll have a few less aches and pains than what he has on a Sunday. They will push him to make sure his standards stay high because they will have that energy and enthusiasm.

“That will drive me along too – it’s a good goalkeeping team. We can all improve and bounce and learn off each other to get better every day.”

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