Lincoln City are close to completing a deal for 33-year-old Alan Sheehan, according to fan site The Stacey West.
The 33-year-old is a free agent after leaving Luton Town in January and has been without a club since. The Imps, who are still looking over their shoulder at the relegation spots in League Two, are without a win in seven matches.
It’s believed veteran defender Jason Shackell could be on his way out of the club after scoring an own goal and giving away a penalty in a 4-3 defeat at Accrington Stanley a fortnight ago. If that’s the case, former Eire Under 21 defender Sheehan would be the perfect replacement, a ball-playing, left-sided central defender.
Sheehan began his career with Leicester City but has also played for Leeds, Luton, Bradford, Swindon and Notts County in permanent spells. He’s twice captained the Hatters to promotion, from League Two in 2017/18 and again as Champions of League One last season.
However, he made just four appearances for the club after Graeme Jones took over, the last of which came as they were beaten 4-0 by Bournemouth in the FA Cup, a game in which he also missed a penalty.
This could be a big signing for Michael Appleton’s side. Sheehan still has plenty to offer and was a strong performer last season for the Hatters in League One.
The Championship is a big step up, but the third-tier is where the stylish defender has played much of his football. He converted to centre back later in his career but can also operate in midfield and at left-back.
Lincoln fans feel Jason Shackell has played his last game for them after seemingly being singled out by manager Appleton after the last-gasp Accrington defeat, which would make this capture even more crucial for the recently-promoted Imps.