Lincoln City have added to their senior squad by handing a three-year deal to academy graduate Hayden Cann.
The Imps have promoted Sean Roughan and Sam Long to the senior squad in recent weeks, and just hours after Cann made his professional debut against Mansfield Town in the EFL Trophy, he has been handed his first contract with the club.
Unlike Roughan and Long, who have been recruited from elsewhere in the country to the academy, Cann is a Lincoln-born player who has supported the club all his life, and he described the feeling of singing a deal as a ‘dream’ to the club’s OS.
“I’ve dreamt of this day ever since training here (for the first time) when I was eight. I’ve always wanted to play here. Coming all the way through (the age groups) and then being able to get a pro deal means so much but I know there’s still loads of work to do.”
The Imps’ Director of Football, former Cambridge manager Jez George, highlighted how Cann’s path is one he hopes to see replicated in the coming years.
“Hayden has made incredible progress over the last 18 months and we are delighted that he has signed his first professional contract at his home town club. Hayden’s journey, with Lincoln City from 8 years old, is one that we want to see replicated many times over in the future and one that we hope provides an inspiration for many local youngsters within our Academy.”
Lincoln City are top of League One with four wins from four and face Ben Garner’s Bristol Rovers this weekend looking to make it their best start to a league campaign since 1920/21.
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Something good seems to be going on at lincoln at the moment; they haven’t had the easiest of starts, with Blackpool, Oxford and Charlton all expected to do well this season, but they hold one of only two 100% records still intact in the third tier.
The academy seems to be delivering too, with Cann the third graduate from there to earn a new deal in as many months. Sean Roughan is already earning rave reviews, whilst Sam Long has been talked up by the manager, Michael Appleton.
Now, they have another hometown boy to get behind, as they did with Ellis Chapman and Lee Frecklington.