Exeter City goalkeeper Jonny Maxted will be licking his lips in excitement at now being given the chance to show what he can do in the league by manager Matt Taylor.
First choice goalkeeper Lewis Ward broke his arm late on in the 1-1 draw to Crewe Alexandra on the weekend and has been ruled out for the indefinite future, providing Maxted with the chance to step up and show what he’s made of in the league fixtures.
Ward has performed well so far for the second placed Grecians, making some sharp saves for Exeter and his all-round game improving game by game as he grew in confidence after being released from Reading this summer. However, injury has sadly hit for the 22-year-old goalkeeper, with 25-year-old Maxted waiting in the wings to take over whenever asked.
Matt Taylor has confirmed that Exeter are searching for a new goalkeeper from the free agent market, however Maxted doesn’t need to worry just yet after Taylor confirmed that the goalkeeper is likely to be back-up for Maxted while Ward recovers over a sustained period of time.
Maxted knows that when he gets his chance in goal, he needs to take it with both hands, quite literally, as any back-up keeper may be waiting in the wings if Maxted ends up showing any complacency.
Exeter are currently embroiled in a promotion race but their form seems to have dipped off recently, however Maxted could likely give them that spark in between the sticks to take charge of an ageing defence and continue to chalk up those wins that may well keep the Grecians in the automatic promotion places, or at the very least, make sure Exeter don’t go on a tumble and end up falling out of the play-off picture.
Maxted will be feeling that this chance comes at a perfect opportunity for him with Ward getting better as the season went on, and now he has the opportunity to step up and to be the keeper that fans know he can be as well as giving Taylor a selection headache once Ward returns to full fitness from his broken arm.