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Blues secure Henderson loan deal

Nottingham Forest man signs seven-day emergency loan deal.

4 December 2018

Wanderers have secured the emergency loan signing of goalkeeper Stephen Henderson from Nottingham Forest, in the continued absence of Ryan Allsop and Yves Ma-Kalambay.

The club’s two senior goalkeepers are sidelined by injury and boss Gareth Ainsworth has made a move for the 30-year-old after being unable to secure an extension to the loan of David Stockdale from Birmingham City.

Ainsworth said: “David played a fantastic part in our two victories during his time here and both he and I were keen to keep him, but unfortunately we weren’t able to do so and now we’re grateful to Forest for allowing us to bring in Stephen for the next week at least.

“It’s a tough game for us against Barnsley on Saturday but Stephen’s got good experience across the EFL and I’m sure he’ll come here sharp and prepared for the challenge of helping us keep this excellent run of form going.”

Henderson, once called up by the Ireland national team, is the nephew of fellow goalkeeper Wayne, who played three times for the Chairboys during a loan spell from Aston Villa in 2004 – each game finishing 1-1. Stephen himself is a former Villa player, starting his career there in 2006 before spells with Bristol City, Portsmouth, West Ham, Charlton and Nottingham Forest, plus a series of loan moves.

He’ll become the fifth different goalkeeper to play for the Chairboys this season, equalling the club record in the EFL era, and will be the 99th different player to represent the Blues during Gareth Ainsworth's tenure as manager.

Stephen - who nearly joined Wycombe on loan from Bristol City in 2010 after spending a day training with the club - will wear squad number 28.

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