Notts County have signed experienced midfielder Matt Palmer to add yet more quality and key experience in the middle at Meadow Lane.

Ian Burchnall has already brought in young midfielders Frank Vincent and Ed Francis from AFC Bournemouth and Harrogate Town respectively.

His most recent addition brings experience from over 200 EFL experiences and four promotions, which will be key as Notts look to gain promotion back to SkyBet League Two at the third time of asking.

Jake Reeves left the club in June and has since joined Stevenage, while Michael Doyle has stepped up to Assistant Head Coach, moves which left Notts sorely in need of experience in the middle.

Burchnall is looking to Palmer to fill the gap in the squad left by Reeves, the former Bradford midfielder having been signed last summer by Neal Ardley, now manager of National League rivals Solihull Moors.

Having started his career at Burton Albion, breaking into Gary Rowett’s first-team in 2013, Palmer won promotion to SkyBet League One in 2015 under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, and promotion to the Championship under the returning Nigel Clough a year later.

He joined Rotherham United in January 2018 and gained promotion to the Championship later that year.

Palmer moved north on loan to Bradford City in 2019, before winning League Two on points-per-game with Swindon Town in 2020.

Notts Head Coach, Ian Burchnall is pleased to add Palmer’s experience to a side quickly writing itself well into the pre-season promotion odds on paper.

“We’ve brought in two very talented young midfielders in Ed Francis and Frank Vincent this summer, so adding someone of Matt’s experience will give us great balance in the central area,” he said.

“Matt’s played more than 50 games in the Championship, around 80 in League One and nearly 100 in League Two, so he brings a lot of know-how to the squad.

“At the age of 26, he still has plenty to offer in terms of development and improvement.

“We’re looking at him playing a similar role to Jake Reeves towards the end of last season.

“He could play deep, but we see him more as a box-to-box midfielder who can contribute to the attacking side of the game,” Burchnall admitted.

“Matt’s got a great eye for a forward pass and will also contribute a lot when we’re looking to retain possession as he’s really comfortable with the ball and very competent technically.”

For Notts to sign a player of Palmer’s calibre, with such key experience of three EFL promotion campaigns, could well be seen as the coup of their summer so far.

Burchnall also weighed in on the state of play regarding trialists currently at the club.

“We’ve still got Lamine Kaba Sherif [last at Accrington Stanley], William Hondermarck [Norwich City] and Kyle Bennett [Bristol Rovers] on trial and they’re all showing promise,” he said.

“We have the capacity to strengthen further in the midfielder area should we wish to.”

With the additions Notts have made already in this window, including former Manchester City winger Aaron Nemane, that will be a concerning prospect for their National League promotion rivals ahead of their third season in the fifth tier.

@FutbolCallander

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