Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley has vowed to do whatever it takes to make sure the club establish themselves in League One, even if that means ‘trading’ players.
The Imps will be crowned champions of League Two on Saturday when they entertain Colchester, but thoughts have already turned to the next season and how to become a League One staple.
All talk of consolidation has been slapped down by the 40-year-old, who claims he hates the word.
“I don’t like the word consolidate; I’ve got a real issue with it,” he told assembled press, reported by the Stacey West.
“That to me is treading water and I haven’t got time to tread water. For me, it’s about trying to establish and if it is about establishing it’s about trying to put a plan together to get to the Championship because that’s the next division.”
It’s a big ambition for a club who as recently as 2016 finished in the bottom half of the National League, but three trophies in three years have seen the Imps enjoy the most trophy-laden period in their history.
In order to remain on an upward trajectory, Cowley vowed to boost his budget in the two ways he knows he can.
“I’m not just going to wait and hope, I’m going to try to do something about it.,” he said, responding to a question about investment.
“The other two ways (to boost investment) are football fortune which we’ve done well with in the past with the FA Cup run and the Checkatrade trophy, and trading players which is maybe something we’ll look at as well.”
The Imps secured the title with a 0-0 draw against Tranmere on Easter Monday, but are without a win in their last four matches.
The Imps have some saleable players, Bruno Andrade and Harry Anderson are both young, exciting and have a lot to offer at a higher level.
In the last two years they’ve traded Alex Woodyard and Sean Raggett, but in both instances have continued to move forward.
You wouldn’t put it past Cowley to do the same once more.