Former Lincoln City player Sam Habergham is looking to put two-and-a-half years of injury hell behind him with a trial at Grimsby Town, as reported by Lincolnshire Live.
The 28-year-old played 97 times for the Imps, winning the National League in 2016/17, then helping them to an EFL Trophy triumph the following season. Habergham, who also represented England at Under 17 level, helped the Imps to a play-off place in League Two in 2017/18 also, last appearing as they secured a 2-1 win against Colchester in April 2018.
He suffered a complex knee-injury and had struggled the season before, which eventually looked to have ended his promising career. Habergham has been a familiar sight around the LNER Stadium, regularly watching the Imps and for a short while, rehabilitating at their training ground. He is now back to fitness and has secured a trial with the Imps rivals, Grimsby Town, who he will appear for this afternoon in an under 23 game.
Habergham started his career at Norwich City, but later played for Tamworth and Braintree. Whilst with the latter, he teamed up with manager Danny Cowley, who took him to Lincoln in the summer of 2016. He scored three goals for the Imps that season, including vital strikes from free-kicks against Forest Green Rovers (3-1) and Torquay (2-1). The goal against the Gulls saw the Imps overturn a 1-0 deficit in the last couple of minutes and set them up for their eventual title win.
If he does secure a deal, he will be the third Imps old boy at the club. Luke Waterfall was captain of the side for both of the trophy triumphs during Habergham’s stay, whilst veteran striker Matt Green joined in the summer of 2018 and helped them achieve the play-off place.
Grimsby are currently second from bottom in League Two, four points ahead of bottom club Southend who have two games in hand.
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Habergham was an influential player for Lincoln, widely regarded as a ‘steady seven’ every week, rarely putting a foot wrong. He put his body, and fitness, on the line in the run in to the 2016/17 title win, and once the trophy was secure he dropped out of the team for treatement.
The problems have never truly subsided for him and despite being a key player in the following season’s success, he was unable to return for their title-winning season and was believed to have left the club. If he is fully fit and ready to go, there is a great League Two left back there with a massive point to prove.