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Imps Wont Let Striker Go Cheap

With Crewe Alexandra now in a tug of war with Crawley Town for Aldershot FC striker Danny Hylton, manager Steve Davis, backed by strong season ticket sales, appears to be keen to lay out a small fee for a 6′ 3″ striker. Many feel this to be unsettled Lincoln City striker Vadaine Oliver. In football finances the term ‘small’ is relative but , to the Imps, a fair return could make a massive difference.  Tribunals also seem to be favouring non-League clubs in tussles with League ones, over the last few years.

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It is fair to say Vadaine, 22 in October, has been touted everywhere by his agent and co. Of the three Imps yet to sign (Andrew Boyce, Miller and his good self) he is the one you feel is set to leave.  But a small fee is not on the cards. The Imps have taken the player from obscurity, rebuilt his confidence and will have a very strong case at a tribunal. As the player is under 24 we are guaranteed a fee  for him, one that we deserve and, for that matter desperately need. Crewe, who have one of the most profitable youth set-ups in the football League, should be more  aware of that than most. Aside from full Academy status and good funding they have argued the youth case well raising millions in transfer fees and add-ons (the clauses ensured they profited well out of  David Platt’s £20 million in fees). The Railwaymen have also seen 75 players go on to play for the first team before being sold on, so clearly their Academy is a vital artery for the clubs continued prosperity.

Not so the Imps, with Mr Moyses putting his money where his mouth is, unlike many of our directors, as our centre of excellence endures a hand-to-mouth existence.  With an additional 5-6 players required to complement the first-team squad, the budget is a tight one, even if season ticket sales and directors undertakings have seen it grow (3 sources suggest the £400,000 budget is now closer to £450,000). But with Hawkridge under contract, plus another target likely to require a small fee, a tribunal is likely to favour the Imps. We do not get the youth subsidies enjoyed by League sides, something tribunals are mindful of.  The chances are that we would not only get a decent fee, but also some add-ons and a slice of any future sell-on.

Vadaine’s long-term career would be better served by signing for a club who will play him every week.  Just ask Tyrone Barnett who waited before going to Posh for £1.1 million. Tyrone is just one of many confirming both, that our manager has a pedigree for developing young players and, that he has never stood in anyone’s way.  The reality is that we are always going to be a selling club, but one that deserves the right to emulate Dario’s Crewe Youth vision. To do that we need a return for enduring the ups and downs on the way to seeing the glimpses one would expect as a player begins to blossom. Surely the Imps are entitled to see a bit of the Spring before a predatory club comes in and enjoys the sunshine?

Vadaine is certainly about to blossom as the stats below confirm. Surely Gary and the Imps deserve him until January at least or anywhere between £50k and 100k down payment plus add-ons.  That is hardly a small fee is it?

Vadaine Oliver’s 2012/13 Impstats

Sq No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
14 Vadaine Oliver 22 19 2326 13 81 3 48 38 5 1

scores every 176 minutes.

File:Lincoln City F.C. badge.pngSTMI Biopic

FULL NAME Vadaine Oliver
DATE OF BIRTH 21 October 1991 (age 21)
PLACE OF BIRTH Sheffield
HEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
WEIGHT 12 st 4 lb (78 KG)
Playing Position Centre forward
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City 
NUMBER 14
YOUTH CAREER
2004-2008 Sheffield Wednesday
CAREER STATS
2010-2012 Sheffield Wednesday – 0 apps
2013-date Lincoln City 37 Apps 13 goals

Oliver Twist

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

Sq No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
14 Vadaine Oliver 22 19 2326 13 81 3 48 38 5 1

Are Glasgow Rangers Considering Oliver?

Glasgow Rangers manager Ally McCoist may have to vie with SPL rivals Inverness Caledonian Thistle if he is to follow up on positive scout reports relating to ex-Sheffield Wednesday and current Lincoln City striker Vadaine Oliver.  The interesting part to this snippet is that he may have to wait until January (when the transfer embargo ends) but with new money set to come into the Glasgow giants coffers courtesy of the Easdale Brothers, any fee for the tall target man, would be small beer for the Gers and Champagne money for the cash-strapped Imps who want Oliver to start the season at Sincil Bank.

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Although Gary Simpson would love to keep the lad, a six-figure fee from North of the border would come in handy.   We can expect at least a tribunal fee as the lad is under 24 and we have offered him a deal.  The Imps budget currently stands at £400,000, on a par with that enjoyed by Holdsworth.  It is sad to hear that the lad is being touted around, but then that is the nature of football and the lad is destined to play higher sooner rather than later.

A taster for Scottish football fans……….

Since missing the Hillsborough cut in May, Vadaine Oliver’s debut season has certainly been IMPressive, cemented with a hat-trick at Hyde that banished the relegation worries for the Imps on the final day of the season.  Vadaine Oliver never lost  a header today, against two mean centre-halves who know all the tricks.  He scored three second half goals and had a hand in the all important penalty.  Young Oliver- in true Dickensian style the boy always wants more – won the header that put in Jones, only for him to be pushed for a 27th minute penalty.

On 48 Sheridan beats the offside, crosses superbly and Oliver uses his strength to power home a towering header.  On 62 minutes a Gray throw finds Oliver and his salmonlike leap sees him beat the keeper to the ball and head home. The deserved hat-trick and first matchball. On 86, Miller threads an intelligent ball, that Vadaine takes in his powerful thoroughbred stride to send him home to meet his maker, just inside the left hand post.

The Imps signed Vadaine as a free agent after the Owls released him in May. As a 20 year-old we would be entitled to a fee should the vultures come circling when the window opens in the summer.  He has said he wants to continue to work with Simmo, who he knows to have a pedigree in developing players at clubs and selling them on for million plus fees. If we don’t keep Vadaine it will be a shame but a decent fee for the lad could still pave the way to a glorious season.

File:Lincoln City F.C. badge.pngVadaine’s Season 2012/13

Player     Starts sub Mins Goals Shots Sh/on Assists YC RC
14 Vadaine Oliver 22 19 2292 13 43 21 2 5 1

scores every 176 minutes.

File:Lincoln City F.C. badge.pngSTMI Biopic

FULL NAME Vadaine Oliver
DATE OF BIRTH 21 October 1991 (age 21)
PLACE OF BIRTH Sheffield
HEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
WEIGHT 12 st 4 lb (78 KG)
Playing Position Centre forward
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City 
NUMBER 14
YOUTH CAREER
2004-2008 Sheffield Wednesday
CAREER STATS
2010-2012 Sheffield Wednesday – 0 apps
2013-date Lincoln City 37 Apps 13 goals

Imps Sign Former Sheffield Wednesday Striker

The Imps have confirmed the signing of   Sheffield Wednesday striker Vadaine Oliver on a permanent deal until May.  His picture in the  Lincoln City 2012/13  squad photo had set the cat amongst the pigeons after a great debut against Grimsby on Tuesday. He is a free agent having been released by the Owls in May and as a 20 year-old we would be entitled to a fee should the vultures come circling at the end of the season.

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STMI wishes the lad well and is sure he will become a big part of this seasons play-off push hopefully  Lincoln City Banter may have the chance of his shirt after the departures.

Wednesday’s loss is our gain, as the lad looks to have what it takes at BSP level and beyond.  Vadaine has pace, power and great technique even if he does look one-footed (right) on last nights showing.  He certainly seems to have the hunger, physical presence and aggression we need.  At 6′ 2″ he is also a handful in the air.  Oliver came on for Barraclough in the 64th minute and was quickly into the action.  He powerfully robbed Disley and came away from the ball after another  full-on challenge from Hatton.

He certainly added the physical presence we needed in attack last night although he and Robinson got in each others way for his first opportunity. His thunderous half-volley in a busy penalty box, was destined for the back of the net until it caught McKeown in the middle of his back. Definitely deserves another run-out against Leicester on Saturday as he looks to have the attributes of Dany N’Guessan as well as the aerial prowess of Duffy.

File:Lincoln City F.C. badge.pngVadaine’s Season 2012/13

Player     Starts sub Mins Goals Shots Sh/on Assists YC RC
14 Vadaine Oliver 22 19 2292 13 43 21 2 5 1

scores every 176 minutes.

STMI Biopic

FULL NAME Vadaine Oliver
DATE OF BIRTH 21 October 1991 (age 20)
PLACE OF BIRTH Sheffield
HEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
WEIGHT 12 st 4 lb (78 KG)
Playing Position Centre forward
CURRENT CLUB Free agent
NUMBER N/A
YOUTH CAREER
2004-2008 Sheffield Wednesday
CAREER STATS
YEARS Team
2010-2012 Sheffield Wednesday – 0 apps