With Lincoln City manager, Gary Simpson, off on a much needed break, Vadaine Oliver and his agent are unlikely to make a decision on his future sooner rather than later. The former Sheffield Wednesday hot-shot bagged 13 goals in 41 appearances including a powerful hat-trick at Hyde on the last day of the season, but in true Dickensian style, young Oliver appears to want more.
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Vadaine, is in two minds. Simmo and the Imps have, without a doubt, improved the player, restoring confidence after Sheffield Wednesday released a player many thought deserved a season or two to prove himself. He will blossom further with the quality service of Newton down the flank, as well as Rowe and Nolan from behind. He and Fairhurst would form a formidable partnership in the BSP that would spearhead what looks to be a promotion chasing side.
With Luton cutting their cloth and, Aldershot and Barnet dropping down, the play-offs are very much achievable for Simmo’s Six-Foot Sincil Soldiers next season. The season ticket sales (750 plus and climbing) back up the sense of belief at the Bank, as Impdom polishes its hooves, sharpens its horns and fills those big red hearts with pride.
Naturally ambition and money will play a part in matters. Clearly from the player’s perspective it will be hard to compete with a League club, although the SPL appears to have gone cold with Inverness and Motherwell yet to make a move. Then again his wages and signing on fee will be reduced after the manager slapped a reputed six-figure valuation on the lad. Whether a tribunal would grant that or a down payment and add-ons is another matter, but the lad will give the managerial war chest a sizeable boost.
Simmo has yet to complete his squad, with Vadaine a being a huge piece in the jigsaw either way. Should he leave, the funds would allow us to get better than, former target, Brodie, who joined Gateshead over the weekend. However should he stay the clubs clamouring for his signature, in January or the summer, would be better news for the club and the player. He will be at least 10 goals in by then and guarranteed a starting spot at a League 1 club. If he moves now that fragile confidence could see a lad, who wants to play, warming the bench somewhere on higher money, but giving 10% away and wondering what if?
There are plenty of strikers that Vadaine Oliver can call who will assure him of the positive benefits that a year or so under Simmo can bring. He will never stand in someone’s way and breeds a philosophy that is good for the game. Follow your heart Vadaine, you are valued and loved at Lincoln, we know your time in Impdom will ensure you get more on every level. But the decisions is yours. Sincil Salivates ahead of the next Oliver Twist.
Vadaine Oliver’s 2012/13 Impstats