Lincoln City have confirmed the signing of 22-year-old attacking midfielder Jack Moylan from Irish outfit Shelbourne, according to official club media.
The Imps have been linked with the youngster all throughout the summer, with Shelbourne manager Damien Duff having previously revealed that the club were in a fight to keep the player. Moylan’s contract expires at the end of the Irish football season in November, having penned a one-year extension in the summer of 2022.
It’s been a busy summer at the LNER Stadium, with no fewer than nine new signings arriving through the door. Mark Kennedy’s much-changed squad have hit the ground running in League One, recovering from their opening day defeat against Bolton Wanderers to become one of the most in-form teams in the division. There was also a fantastic penalty shootout victory over Premier League outfit Sheffield United in the Carabao Cup last week, setting up a third round showdown with Europa Conference League winners West Ham United.
Despite the transfer window having now closed, the hard work behind the scenes at Sincil Bank has continued and Moylan will officially join the club on January 1st, 2024. Upon confirmation of the news, Lincoln director of football Jez George stated that a deal had already been done, but delayed due to Shelbourne’s important league fixture against St Patrick’s Athletic on transfer deadline day;
“I hope that this news is a bonus to our supporters and exciting news after the closing of the transfer window. We didn’t want to announce anything on deadline day to be respectful to Shelbourne due to their crucial game against St Patrick’s Athletic on Friday.
“We are excited for Jack to join our Irish contingent from January. He is an exciting young talent who we look forward to developing at Lincoln City and a player that we have tracked extensively and watched progress under the guidance of Damian Duff. In the meantime, we wish Jack well in first helping Shelbourne qualify for Europe.”
Moylan has 19 goals in 63 appearances for the Shels since arriving from Bohemians in 2022.
There is a real belief at Sincil Bank that Mark Kennedy is building something special ahead of a potential promotion push this season. They have become one of the toughest teams to beat in the division and Moylan’s arrival will further bolster the squad ahead of the business end of the campaign.
Lincoln will be hoping that their latest recruit can have a similar impact to that of Danny Mandroiu, who was signed from fellow Irish club Shamrock Rovers last summer. The 24-year-old has two goals in six league appearances this season and reportedly attracted the interest of Belgian club Standard Liege towards the end of the recent transfer window.