Deals for a midfielder (John Rooney of Macclesfield and Everton Academy anyone?) and two strikers (Nick Wright of Mansfield Town, Kidderminster, Tamworth and Birmingham FC Academy) appear to be cooking, but the make-up and balance of the Lincoln City side sees the manager in no rush after raiding Stockport County and Macclesfield early doors.
Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
Having done so much early doors the manager has time on his side. Pre-season training may be just 6 working days away but the trial season is coming up with around 1,000 players within our spectrum looking for work. Certainly needle in a haystack and quantity over quality comes to mind, but at least League 1 and League 2 cast-offs will come to us with 2 weeks of fitness training behind them and a fortnight to a month to go until kick-off.
But in reality we cannot be more than 3-4 players from a completed squad. The manager does appear to have lost out on 2-3 players (Clayton, Wedgbury and ex-Captain Cod Miller) and the club may have just had a bid for a striker knocked back, but the balance is there to do Keith & Butch’s memory proud.
The Imps do need a left sided midfielder and cover at left back although Todd Jordan can do both roles. The exciting lad will go from strength to strength this year. Rooney can do that, has two great feet but lacks height and pace. Nick Wright can play on both flanks as well as down the middle and would be a great signing if available – and the budget stretches of course (hint hint Kerching Kerching keep the season ticket sales going). For a tall guy he is not brilliant in the air but he can play in a devastating 3 if we emulate the fantastic 5-2-3 of 2002/3.
Why not? We have two wing-backs that are every bit as committed as Bimmo and Bailey! Brown, Miller and Boyce emulate the heart of Weaver, Futcher and Morgan (Miller can sweep). For Butch and Gain we have an embarrassment of riches in midfield, suggested a 2, a 3, or perhaps even, a 4. Fairhust is a Taylor-Fletcher in the making (GTF from 2003/4 accepted). So just a few missing pieces then for the Rise of The Imps to become a living legend!
Another centre-back, two strikers, a wide-boy and or full/wing-back on the left and a keeper to go then. Surely the cash from Crewe, the trialists and Simmo’s contact list will find us that. No one fancied us to come back from the dead in 2002/3 and be at Cardiff but we did. Crowds grew the coffers swelled and 15,000 turned up at the Millennium in May. We may not be going there but be there or be square because Sincil Bank’s bouncing back! Back Simmo’s Six-Foot Sincil Soldiers. Sharpen your horns shine your hooves hoist up the Lincoln flag, hear the Red Imps sing, because the Rise of the Imps could be one of the best trips we have ever been on.