Joe McDonnell signed for Notts County on Monday. Photo credit: JMS Photography

Notts County have finally ended their search for a new goalkeeper after completing the signing of Joe McDonnell.

The 25-year-old joined the Magpies on Monday from manager Neal Ardley’s ex-club AFC Wimbledon, having struggled for games.

The club found itself in need of a goalkeeper after first choice Sam Slocombe suffered a thigh injury in training.

The move sees backup keeper Ross Fitzsimons return to Chesterfield on loan following his heroics at the weekend against the Spireites, having saved a penalty and multiple shots.

Assistant manager Neil Cox said: “We had a very amicable chat with Ross this morning and he’s decided to move on.

“While we wanted Ross to stay and provide competition for our goalkeeping spot, the manager can’t guarantee anyone a starting role in the team.”

Cox, having also previously been at Wimbledon with Ardley, is looking forward to linking up again with McDonnell.

“We’ve had a good look around alongside the owners, who have been absolutely brilliant.

“We mentioned we knew Joe and they sent us some names, all of whom our goalkeeping coach Jake Kean did a lot of research on, and in the end we made a collective decision to go for Joe.

“He’s a good age, a calming influence on the pitch and a great lad to have in the dressing room, so this is a great opportunity for us as well as him.”

Notts next play on Saturday against Yeovil in the FA Trophy, which could be McDonnell’s first opportunity to play.