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Gladiators land ex-Spireites striker


Dave Hoole has added experience to his Matlock side as the Gladiators announced the signing of 33-year-old striker Craig Westcarr.


Westcarr has signed on a dual registration from Boston United after joining Boston this summer.


Many Matlock supporters will remember Westcarr from his time at Chesterfield where he scored 11 goals in 43 games in his debut season at the Proact. He most famously scored in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final at Wembley Stadium for Chesterfield, who went on to win the trophy.


Westcarr started his career at Nottingham Forest where he came through the youth system and spent four years in the Forest first team, scoring only once.


The striker has represented England at under-15 level all the way to under-21 level and became the youngest player to play for Forest.


Westcarr has turned into some what of a journey man after leaving Nottingham Forest going on to represent Lincoln, Mk Dons, Cambridge, Kettering, Notts County, Chesterfield, Walsall, Portsmouth, Mansfield, Southport, Alfreton and Boston. During his career he has played 490 professional games and scored on 117 occasions.


More recently he played for National League North and fellow Derbyshire side Alfreton Town, playing 58 games and finding the net 22 times.


Westcarr's past experiences such as winning the National League North with Kettering Town could be colossal for Dave Hoole's side as they aim to add more goals to their eleven.


Westcarr went straight into the match day squad against Basford United last night, although the Gladiators were heavily beaten 6-0 by the Nottinghamshire side.

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