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Magpies seal Picken loan signing

Phil Picken
Picken began his career at Manchester United

Notts County have signed Chesterfield defender Phil Picken on a month-long loan deal.

The former Manchester United trainee, 23, will fill the right-back spot and is eligible for a place against Exeter City on Saturday.

Picken told BBC Radio Nottingham: "I'm happy to be here and hopefully I can play my games and do well."

Defender Jamie Clapham, 33, has also agreed a new deal to keep him at Meadow Lane until the end of the season.

Picken added: "We're only four points behind Chesterfield, so hopefully we can climb up the table and head towards the play-offs."

Manager Ian McParland needed to strengthen his defence as Jason Beardsley and Mitchell Hanson returned to Derby County and Adam Tann is also a few weeks away from returning from injury.

McParland said: "He's not a big lad but he's a competitor. He gets forward and is good footballer."

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