The Imps have swooped for the attacker after a successful trial, which has seen him play a prominent role in their pre-season campaign. He appeared against Salford City, Scunthorpe and Oldham, before rounding off his pre-season with a goal in a 2-0 win against Nottingham Forest Under 23s.
The 22-year-old attacking midfielder, played for Welsh side Cefn Druids last season, having left Blackburn and drifted into the non-league scene. Whilst on the books of Rovers he had loan spells with Bamber Bridge and Skelmersdale, before moving permanently to Ashton United. That led him to wales, where he secured a deal with the Ancients after a successful trial. He scored three goals in 23 appearances during his spell in Wales.
“He has done ever so well in training and games; he has made an impact and is already part of the squad. It is the first time in a long time I have seen a player who is so excited to sign for a club, he was like a kid in a candy shop. You don’t see that often and he will be a very good addition.”
Howarth appeared as ‘Trialist A’ in the matches he featured in, prompting internet sleuths to desperately scrabble around for his identity. It was finally confirmed after the 2-1 defeat at Oldham Athletic, much to the delight of Lincoln supporters.
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Howarth is a roll of the dice for Lincoln. with their squad taking shape nicely, he is likely to be knocking on the door of the first team, but possibly not considered an automatic starter. In the wide attacking areas, they already have Theo Archibald, Harry Anderson, Zach Elbouzedi and Jorge Grant, which means real competition for places.
However, Howarth’s attitude pre-season has certainly impressed fans and manager alike and if he keeps turning in quality performances he could be a secret weapon fans didn’t bank on having a couple of weeks ago.