Paul Rachubka: Crewe Alexandra bring in ex-Man Utd keeper

Paul Rachubka
Paul Rachubka started just one top-flight game for Manchester United

Crewe Alexandra have brought in a new back-up goalkeeper by signing former Manchester United trainee Paul Rachubka until the end of the season.

Rachubka, 33, has been without a club since leaving Crewe's League One rivals Oldham Athletic in January.

He started the season on a one-year deal at Oldham, which was terminated by mutual agreement following their loan signing of Jake Kean from Blackburn.

Rachubka's track record
After starting as a trainee with Manchester United, Rachubka made three first-team appearances in two years, being loaned out to Royal Antwerp and Oldham, before moving to Charlton for £200,000 in 2002. He had loans at Burnley, Huddersfield Town (twice), MK Dons and Northampton Town before signing on a more permanent basis with Huddersfield in 2004. He has since been signed by Blackpool, Leeds and Oldham, with further loans at Peterborough, Tranmere, Leyton Orient and Accrington Stanley.

He is Crewe's latest answer as back-up cover for first-choice Ben Garratt.

In the wake of Scott Shearer's exit to join Burton Albion on loan in early January, Crewe boss Steve Davis gambled by going without a replacement keeper on the bench for three games.

He then signed youngster Ross Etheridge from Derby County on a month's loan, but that has now come to an end, allowing him to turn to the much-travelled Rachubka, who is making his 19th career move.

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