8 Alan Power
We are going to see what Nottingham Forest, Hartlepool United and Ireland U21’s saw from Captain Alan Power this season. His goal at Lincoln United illustrates his desire to lead from the front, but it is the condition he is in that is most inspiring to fans as well the Sincil Six foot soldiers who only appear to be towering above him from a heigh perspective.
When Forest and Hartlepool offered him two year deals they felt he would kick on. Indeed during his time at Forest he became reserve captain and was a highly regarded, busy, scheming, tenacious lad, who not only graduated with sufficient honours to earn a two year pro-deal, but also played for the Ireland youth set-up through to the under 21′s. As a 19 year-old Alan made one first team appearance for Forest against the Posh in (2007) in the FL trophy.
He was then loaned to Grays, then a BSP club, but, after his contract at Forest ran down, The Monkey-hangers of Hartlepool stepped in and offered him a two year deal. He made just 8 non-appearance, unable to break into the first 11, before going to Rushden. He was reborn, albeit at a struggling club, with the Imps stepping in, just in time, at the end of the season. Ditto Lincoln until Mills finally got the boot to give him the responsibility it appears to have needed to kick-start his energy and talent.
He signed a new two year deal at The Imps and cannot wait to add to last season’s 6 assists and 11 goals – those stats are not too shabby (in a struggling side to boot) are they? At times you feel he has the ability to run the show, to bob and weave and find that killer pass. Despite an injury leading up to Christmas he came back strong and struck the penalty that saved our skins at home to the Lambs. Arguably his assured penalties won him the player of the season award, but he certainly deserved a new two year deal.
It took him a while to sign it and in reality he will have to be at his best if he is to get ahead of Nolan and Rowe in the central midfield pecking order. Competition is not a bad thing for the club, but let us hope it does not weigh too heavily, on a true Sincil free spirit. But so often, games and midfield battles can pass him by. Perhaps it was the off-field turmoil and morale sapping defeats endured by a side who genuinely expected to fair much better; that saw most of the side disappear into their shells for large periods, before Simmo’s galvanising arrival.
Power’s 2012/13 Stats
Power’s 2011/12 Stats
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Posted on July 15, 2013, in Imps Squad Player Pics, Squad, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged Alan Power Lincoln City, Hartlepool United, Lincoln City Captain, Nottingham Forest, Power signs 2 year deal, Stockport County FC. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.