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Is There Any Point in Signing Paul Rachubka?

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Bolton Wanderers have made a new signing... But is it a pointless one?

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Bolton Wanderers have this morning announced a new signing, but don't get too excited, as it's only the back up goalkeeper Neil Lennon thought so important to his plans - it's only Paul Rachubka.

The journeyman goalkeeper, now 34, has added Bolton to his long list of clubs he's played for, which now stands at 21, as he's signed a one-year deal at the Macron stadium to play backup to Ben Amos.

Manchester United, Charlton Athletic, Burnley, Huddersfield Town, Blackpool, Leeds United, Accrington Stanley, Oldham Athletic and most recently Crewe Alexandra, are just a few of the many clubs Rachubka has turned out for over his 15-year career.

Now the question, or probably just statement, on the tip of everyone's tongue is: What's the point?!

I'm no different.

Rachubka is a renowned bad goalkeeper, putting it mildly, and his recent years dwelling in League One and Two are testament to that.

I, probably like many others, really don't see the point in signing Rachubk when we could just have Ross Fitzsimons on the bench instead. The young goalkeeper may be bad too, but the important thing is he might be good as well, which we know Rachubka isn't for a fact.

It must be dreadful for Fitzsimons' confidence too. To think the manager, who has shown faith in young players, thinks a 34-year old past it journeyman, who isn't very good, is better than you and is a more reliable backup. I'd be seething.

Hopefully he can get a loan move and get some much needed, and probably deserved, first team experience.

Now I know he's probably only on the smallest of feasible football wages, he'll only be here for a year at most and he is only back up, but he's simply not very good and any wages he may be on has taken funds away from an already very shallow pot to bring in a striker.

I have nothing against Rachubka personally and I really don't mean to berate a new signing before he's even turned out for us, but it just really really makes no sense to me at all.