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Date of birth



189 cm





Goalkeeper Rob Lainton landed at the STōK Cae Ras in July 2018, initially signing on loan from Port Vale.

Born in Ashton-under-Lyne he began his career with Bolton Wanderers and progressed through the youth ranks to sign professional terms in 2010.

Three years later, Lainton moved on to Bury where he would compete with ex-Wrexham keeper Shwan Jalal for the number one spot.

He made his Shakers debut in August 2013 against Chesterfield. Over his four seasons, he went on to make 38 appearances whilst also spending time on loan with Burton Albion and Cheltenham Town.

After his Gigg Lane departure, Lainton joined Port Vale in 2017 making seven appearances in all competitions during his first year, having made his debut on the opening day of the season against Crawley.

He went on to make a total of six appearances in League Two during his maiden season with the Valiants. In July 2018 Sam Ricketts made him his fourth signing of the summer on a season-long loan to compete with Christian Dibble.

Lainton made his Red Dragons debut on the opening day of the 2018/19 campaign, keeping a clean sheet and saving a penalty away to Dover Athletic.

Following a string of impressive performances, Lainton signed a permanent deal at the club in November 2018 until the end of the season, having kept 14 clean sheets in the opening three months of the National League campaign.

During the 2020/21 campaign, Lainton made his 100th appearance for the club while also becoming the fifth highest in Wrexham's all-time clean sheet records - ending the campaign on a total of 45 clean sheets in 102 games during his first three seasons.

The goalkeeper recovered from a career-threatening injury during the 2022/23 season, as he eventually went on to record eight league appearances - earning a National League winners medal in the process. 

Lainton signed a contract extension in February 2023, extending his stay at the club until the end of the upcoming 2023/24 campaign.


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