LLOYD Rigby has followed in the footsteps of Paul Taylor by becoming the second Vauxhall Motors player to be snapped up by a Football League club this summer.
The 6ft 2in goalkeeper signed for Stockport County on an emergency loan last week and was named on the bench for the Hatters’ 1-1 draw at Huddersfield in League One on Saturday.
A permanent deal for Rigby will be struck this week, with Motors receiving a small fee up front with more cash due if he makes a certain number of first-team appearances. A sell-on clause will afford Vauxhall a percentage of Rigby’s next transfer fee and Stockport have also agreed to face the Ellesmere Port side in a pre-season friendly next summer – making the transfer a potentially lucrative one for the Motormen.
The 21-year-old stopper follows striker Taylor, who was loaned out by Vauxhall to Chester City during the close-season and made his League debut as a substitute in Saturday’s 6-0 defeat at Dagenham and Redbridge.
Vauxhall chairman Alan Bartlam said: “It was always our agreement with Lloyd that he would sign for us, securing his future, but that if a League club showed an interest that we would not stand in his way.
“Stockport have come in and obviously like what they have seen so the deal has gone relatively smoothly.
“It is a big club and a big move for him and hopefully he can make it a successful one. He goes with the best wishes of everyone at Vauxhall Motors.”
The timing of the deal was not perfect as Motors boss Carl Macauley, having had to race to put a squad together after his side’s relegation reprieve, then had to hurry again to sign an alternative keeper.
In came former Mansfield player James Coates, who made his debut on Saturday as Motors lost 2-0 in Blue Square North at Harrogate.
Rigby had spent most of last season on loan with Vauxhall from Rochdale. He signed a permanent contract with Motors towards the end of the season but was taken on trial at Stockport over the summer because Hatters boss Jim Gannon was desperately searching for cover for his only senior keeper, Owain fon Williams.
Motors have received a written assurance that Rigby will not be loaned out to one of their Blue Square North rivals this season.
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