Pentney joins Ilkeston on loan

CARL Pentney has joined Unibond League side Ilkeston Town on a month's loan from Leicester City.The keeper from Brightlingsea has been a regular in the Foxes reserves after returning from a loan spell with York City and is pushing to catch Ian Holloway's eye.

Derek Davis

By Derek Davis

CARL Pentney has joined Unibond League side Ilkeston Town on a month's loan from Leicester City.

The keeper from Brightlingsea has been a regular in the Foxes reserves after returning from a loan spell with York City and is pushing to catch Ian Holloway's eye.


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Pentney will return to the Walkers' Stadium next month as he has been selected for Leicester's trip to Dallas, America for an Under 19s tournament in March. Pentney and his team-mates will be up against sides from Liverpool, Benfica, Brazil, Japan, Mexico and U.S.A.

Pentney's father, Lloyd, a well known non-league player around East Anglia, traveled up to Ilkeston for the game against Whitby Town on Saturday to watch his son play, only for the game to be called off.

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Pentney snr said: “I went up as parents do only to find I had traveled 180 miles unnecessarily. Carl has been doing well and after coming back from York the senior management at Leicester told him to knuckle down and work hard again and see what happens.

“He played six league games for York and learnt a lot, not least how lucky he is at Leicester.

“Playing in the reserves has been good experience coming up against the likes of John Hartson and Leon Best and is progressing well.”

Pentney helped Leicester's Under 18s win the Premier Reserve League title last season and won a professional contract which he is hoping will be extended.

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