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AFC Liverpool sign ex-Everton pair; FOOTBALL Moore excited as Doherty and Lake are snapped up.

Byline: Neil Jones

PAUL MOORE says he is excited at the potential within his AFC Liverpool squad after making two eye-catching additions in the past week.

Moore confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Sean Lake on Sunday, having captured ex-Everton midfielder Sean Doherty earlier in the week.

The 25-year-old Lake began his career as a trainee at Everton, and has enjoyed spells with, among others, Marine, Burscough and Droylsden in recent seasons. He is expected to go straight into the AFC starting line-up for their visit to Silsden on Saturday, with Moore admitting regular custodian Matthew Kasbarian needs "taking out of the firing line".

"Sean is a great signing for the club, and one we needed to make," said Moore.

"It is not disrespectful to Matthew saying this, but he needs to be taken out of the firing line and given a rest.

"We need competition for places, and we didn't have that in the goalkeeping position.

"Sean is a player of pedigree and quality, and we are delighted to have signed him."

The signing of Doherty, meanwhile, is another which will delight AFC fans. The left-sided midfielder began his career with Everton, and commanded a fee worth a reported PS1million when moving to Fulham in 2001.

His career at Craven Cottage didn't take off, however, and despite England youth level honours, he found himself embarking upon a nomadic career, taking in spells at Blackpool, ADO Den Haag in Holland, Royal Antwerp in Belgium and Sligo Rovers in Ireland.

The 27-year-old has also enjoyed stints with Southport, Marine and Accrington Stanley, but made his AFC debut as a late substitute in Saturday's 3-2 defeat at home to Padiham.

"Sean is a player of immense talent, that's the bottom line," said Moore. "He's another player we are absolutely delighted to have got hold of.

"He has been out of the game for a bit, and he probably needs to get some fitness going, but if he can then what an exciting signing we have made.

"I've been saying for a while that I want the club to take that next step, and to do that we need a better calibre of player.

In Sean Lake, Sean Doherty, Peter Doran, John Lawless and Ryan Wignall, we are starting to get that type of player into our squad.

It's a statement of intent from the club, and shows where we want to be going forward.

"I am very excited about what we are getting together at the moment, and I think there are good times coming."

Moore was, however, a frustrated man at seeing his side beaten against high-flying Padiham.

"We conceded terrible goals," he said.

"We battered them in the first half, to be honest, but if you don't take your chances then you leave yourself vulnerable, and so it proved."

AFC travel to face Silsden on Saturday, and will be without the suspended duo River Humphries and John Lawless.

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Former PS1million player Sean Doherty, right, shown during his schoolboy days at Goodison Park with Wayne Rooney, has signed for AFC Liverpool
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Date:Nov 6, 2012
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