Rachubka turns down Latics move
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Rachubka had been on loan at Boundary Park and looked set for a permanent move to Mick Wadworth's squad (pictured), as the opportunity for first-team football at Old Trafford was looking increasingly remote.
However, the American custodian seemed unsure of the move and his agent told Oldham chief executive Alan Hardy that Rachubka considers his talents to be better than the Division Two football that Oldham currently plays.
Rachubka was advised by United's goalkeeping coach Tony Coton that he should look for a Division One club to join and unless The Latics gain promotion this season, it is unlikely he will make the move up the road to Oldham.
Latics chief Alan Hardy told the Oldham official website: "Obviously, we are disappointed that Paul has made a decision not to join us.
"The transfer had been agreed with Manchester United, and I am sure that if we had the opportunity of sitting down round a table with Paul and his agent, then satisfactory terms could have been agreed.
"After all, we have had no problems with terms for Paul Murray from Premiership club Southampton and Paul's former team-mate Michael Clegg, who has vastly more experience of first team football than Paul."
Rachubka signed with United as an apprentice in 1997, before agreeing professional terms two years later.
He made three first team appearances for United last season but has made regular appearances in the reserve squad since then.
Meanwhile, United's other reserve keeper Nick Culkin admitted his career at Old Trafford is all but over.
Currently on loan at Scottish Premier League club Livingston, Culkin wants a permanent move after being put on loan for a second time.
He told the Manchester United official website: "I think my Old Trafford career is finished, so I've got to look elsewhere.
"I don't know what the future holds but I'm sick of going out on loan."
Culkin was spotted at Bristol Rovers' home match over the weekend, raising speculation that he's about to return to the club he was loaned to before and was named player of the season in 2000-2001.
However, the former York City custodian denied that such a move to the Memorial Stadium was to going to happen.
Culkin said: "I had just come down to see a few mates and watch the game."