What goalkeeper James Montgomery will bring to Chesterfield and why Adam Przybek has returned to Ipswich Town

New signing James Montgomery is more than capable of playing at National League level, according to boss James Rowe.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 12:38 pm

Goalkeeper Montgomery, 26, has joined on a short-term permanent deal from Gateshead until the end of the season.

He will compete with Grant Smith for the number one spot after Adam Przybek has returned to Ipswich Town following his loan spell.

Rowe said: “He is a really good addition for us.

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Goalkeeper James Montgomery has signed from Gateshead. Picture: Tina Jenner.
Goalkeeper James Montgomery has signed from Gateshead. Picture: Tina Jenner.

“He is a National League player, minimum, he has shown that with his appearances and the success he has had.

“He has recently had a good emergency loan at Southend at League Two. He went straight into their team and conducted himself very well in the games I have watched.

“Gateshead’s season is obviously null and void and his contract finishes in the next two months so for James and us it was a good fit.

“He is experienced and gives good competition for the number one spot now.”

Meanwhile, Przybek has returned to Portman Road after three starts since joining on loan in January.

The 21-year-old has been told he will not be offered a new contract by his parent club.

“He has gone back,” Rowe added.

“I keep reiterating we need the right personnel for the culture I am trying to build here and he did not fit into that.”

Sunderland-born Montgomery began his career at Middlesbrough and, as well as having two spells at Gateshead, he has also been at AFC Telford United, Forest Green Rovers and AFC Fylde.