Former Lincoln City loanee Tyler Walker has returned to the League One side after a three-year absence, as confirmed by a statement on the club’s website.
The 26-year-old has become Mark Kennedy’s fifth summer recruit, signing on a free transfer after three seasons at Coventry City. Walker forward enjoyed a prolific loan spell at Sincil Bank in the 2019-20 season, scoring 16 goals for the Imps while on loan from Nottingham Forest.
Who is Tyler Walker?
Born in Nottingham, Walker progressed through the youth ranks at Forest before making his debut in 2015, scoring his first professional goal in the same year against Brentford before signing a four-year contract at the City Ground the following summer.
The striker went on to enjoy several loan spells at Burton Albion, Stevenage, Port Vale and Bolton Wanderers. However, the forward’s most prolific loan spell came at Mansfield Town where the striker scored 26 goals in a season where David Flitcroft’s side narrowly missed out on automatic promotion, being eliminated on penalties to Newport County in the play-offs. The forward was named in League Two’s PFA Team of the Year for the 2018-19 season.
Following on from a prolific campaign, Walker joined newly promoted League One side Lincoln City, finding the net sixteen times in all competitions at Sincil Bank before being recalled by manager Sabri Lamouchi in January.
As a result of a lack of game time at Forest, he joined Coventry City for an undisclosed fee in 2020, signing a 3 year deal at the club, scoring eight in 33 appearances in the Sky Blues first season back in the Championship. However, he then suffered a series of injuries which resulted in a loan switch to Portsmouth, where he found the net once in fifteen appearances. Struggling for minutes against Viktor Gyökeres and Matt Godden, Walker was subsequently released at the end of his contract this summer.
What has been said?
Imps boss Mark Kennedy told the club’s official website:
“Tyler is a player of huge quality, who needs no introduction to our fans, with proven ability to score goals and is a massive signing for us. With Ben House, he gives us two outstanding centre forwards.
“We need to be patient with Tyler as he catches up with his fitness compared to the rest of the group, being a few weeks behind when he has signed, but equally we know our supporters will be really excited by his return.”
This is one of the pick ups of the window in my honest opinion. Mark Kennedy’s side were not far from being a very decent side at League One level last term. With 20 league draws last season, the addition of Tyler Walker up front with Ben House will turn some of those draws into wins.
Now entering his prime with a point to prove, I believe the forward will prove to be an excellent signing for Lincoln.