STANLEY keeper Paul Crichton is looking forward to making his Inter-link Express Stadium bow on Saturday against Canvey Island.

And the 36-year-old knows what to expect after the Gulls left him in a flap last month, scoring three against his old club Leigh RMI.

The former Burnley stopper said: "We played them in October at Leigh when we had about eight fit players. Their players just banged the goals into the net. I almost broke my neck three or four times in that game trying to save them."

Crichton, who has joined Stanley on a non-contract basis, has played for a string of top clubs during his illustrious career including Nottingham Forest, West Brom and Norwich.

He joined York City in July this year but was shown the door after an alleged dispute with fans, which he says was blown up out of all proportion.

He was released by Leigh last week and was sad to leave. He said: "The gaffer Phil Starbuck and I go back a long way to our days together at Nottingham Forest so when he asked me to join, I wanted to help him out.

"He gave me a chance and I was happy to play for them. I was told last Tuesday morning that they were having to cut the budget and they couldn't afford my wages but they were kind enough to release me before last Saturday.

"Stanley were after another keeper so they rang me up. I agreed a deal there and then, which I am delighted about. It also adds a bit of competition for me.

"John Coleman has got a great set of lads together and Cooky is an old mate from our Burnley days. He asked if I would like to come."

Referring to his debut last Saturday against Barnet, he said: "I still live in Norwich so it is difficult for me to get to training during the week.

"I met the lads last Friday before the match and they are great. The 3-0 score flattered Barnet. We had a couple of chances and had a goal disallowed. They had the rub of the green for the first and second, then the third just deflected off Mike Flynn and their lad just got a knee to it. I thought we played well but we were just missing that little bit of luck."