Lincoln City moved to strengthen their squad in the hunt for automatic promotion with three new signings announced yesterday.
Cian Bolger joined from Fleetwood Town on a two and a half year deal to add strength in depth in central defence. The former Republic of Ireland international played over one hundred times for the Cod Army helping them reach the League One Play-Offs in 2016/17.
Lincoln fought off interest from other clubs to land the Irishman who told the clubs website that he was attracted to the Imps by the feelgood factor around Sincil Bank. “When I sat down with the manager he put his plans to me and from the outside looking in you can see a buzz around the place with where the club is going and where they want to be.”
“I had offers from the higher leagues, but I have had a chat with the manager, and he’s put his plans to me with where he wants the club to go, so I am really excited to be part of the project.”
The signature of James Brown from Millwall on a loan deal until the summer added some more defensive cover to the squad of the League Two leaders. The twenty-one-year-old full-back spent the majority of last season on loan at Carlisle United making thirty-four appearances. Millwall’s Under-23 captain, also speaking about the move on the club website, said: “You won’t find a bigger club in League Two in terms of fan base, so that makes this move an attractive one from the off, for me.”
The trio of signatures was completed, with the news that Ipswich Town winger Danny Rowe was returning to the club. Rowe spent the second half of last year on loan at Sincil Bank making sixteen appearances and scoring two goals. The exciting and popular winger is once again on a loan deal until the end of the season.
Manager Danny Cowley was hoping that promotion at the end of the season could lead to the twenty-six-year-old signing permanently. “We would really like for Dan to help us get promoted and if he does, then we may be in the position to make the move a more permanent one. We know where we are going, and we know where Dan wants to be going.”
All three will be available for selection in the crucial Lincolnshire Derby on Saturday against Grimsby Town with Cowley insisting the atmosphere at the match is unique “Some of the other boys have played big games, but there is nothing like a Lincolnshire Derby in terms of atmosphere and intensity. The whole group is looking forward to it, and the new boys have been told about it.”
Cowley was given a further boost with the news that Bradford City frontman Shay McCartan will remain at Sincil Bank until the end of the season, ending fears he would be recalled from his loan by the struggling Bantams.
While the Mariners recent good run has come to an end following back to back home defeats to Mansfield and Macclesfield, Town manager Michael Jolley was looking forward to the clash. Speaking to Lincolnshire Live, he said “There is a good feeling around the club at the moment, and the fans are getting behind what we are trying to do. We have a young and energetic squad that wants to play attacking football, and everybody is buying into that.”
In what sure to be a hostile atmosphere, Mike Dean will be the man in the middle, a week after he refereed the huge Premier League clash between Spurs and Manchester United.
Danny Cowley has once again been shrewd in his transfer dealings, adding strength in depth to an already talented squad. Derby matches are always tricky and Grimsby will be a stern test, but we expect the Imps to come out on top.