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Wally on 'keeper situation

Filed: Monday, 4th June 2012
By: Staff Writer

First team coach Wally Downes has backed Stephen Henderson to fill West Ham's vacant goalkeeper spot - if not now, in the near future.

The Irish shot stopper initially moved to the Boleyn Ground last February on an emergency loan before signing a full-time contract in May.

And despite Jussi Jääskeläinen set to undergo a medical this week with view to replacing Rob Green, who is currently out of contract having failed to agree a new deal with West Ham, Downes insists that Henderson could be United's long-term answer to the goalkeeping spot.

"Henderson has been Rob’s understudy and he has been an excellent acquisition," Downes told Talksport."And we wouldn’t have had any qualms about putting him in if Rob would have got injured.

"If Rob does leave that would leave a position where he can go in as number one or we get someone in and Henderson can understudy again for a while.

"We’re quite relaxed about it, because if Rob stays we don’t have to do it. But if Rob goes we have got a goalkeeper who could go in and it wouldn’t be a big panic that we have to go out and get someone straight away."

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by simon Martheze
09:37PM 5th Jun 2012
''Wally Downes, you are making sense sir. Henderson must be something good. Why else would Portsmouth entrust him with keeper duties in the first place? West Ham lost a string of good 'keepers in the past year because of not getting the break they needed to show their worth. Hey, didn't Rob Green get such a break when he was still green (excuse the punt)?

May God assist you to acquire the right players to strengthen the team for the gruelling Premier season. God bless West Ham.''

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