“Honest Conversations” – Lincoln City Thrown Surprise Transfer Boost

Alex Mitchell has been a star of Lincoln City’s season, even being named Loan Player of the Year by fansite The Stacey West.

Following the Imps narrowly missing out on a play-off spot, the defender is set to return to Millwall. However, before he hopped on a train, he was seen in a local pub with the Imps’ ultra group, the 617 Squadron, flying a red flare. There seems to be a lot of love between the 22-year-old and the Imps, and there have been calls for him to return next season.

Mitchell, who has also had loan spells with Leyton Orient and St Johnstone, started 34 times in Legaue One for the Imps, keeping his place in the squad following Mark Kennedy’s departure. He appeared 41 times in all competitions and scored a goal, the club’s first after Kennedy departed.

He now returns to South London and a Millwall side comfortably retaining their status in the Championship. Manager Neil Harris, who oddly was in charge of three clubs last season, one in each division, has been speaking about Mitchell and his chances of a first-team spot next season.

“Alex’s development is slightly ahead of theirs,” said Millwall boss Harris. “Alex has had his loan into the Conference and League Two, now he has been in League One at Lincoln and had a terrific spell – narrowly missing out on the play-offs.

“Alex has played a lot of football out on loan, so we will have to have some discussions with Alex over the summer to what next season looks like.”

Mitchell has played 111 times in his career, 101 of those starts and 91 of those starts in the EFL or SPFL. However, only one of those matches was for his parent club, a single sub appearance for ten minutes in the League Cup. If he does return to Millwall, a starting place might not be there for the taking, and that’s a conversation his boss will be having with him over the summer.

“Do they (players who have been on loan) want to be part of the squad moving forward or on the fringes of the squad, trying to break in with thoughts of loans or do they just want to go out and play football permanently?

“Honest conversations that will take place between myself and the club – and those players over the coming weeks ahead.”

Mitchell penned a ‘long-term’ deal with the Lions in the summer of 2021, and in 2023, he was named St Johnstone’s Young Player of the Season after a successful spell that saw him score against Celtic at McDiarmid Park.

Writer’s View

There’s no doubt Alex Mitchell is a player who will be on the Imps’ radar. He’s a huge fan favourite and has already earned a reputation for being down-to-earth, committed, and eager to be a part of the club.

When the Imps needed a goal on the final day, it was Mitchell revving up the crowd. He was with the ultras after the game, and he’s believed to have enjoyed his time at the club. He’s also a very good defender, and his game has evolved during his time at the club, particularly since Michael Skubala arrived as manager.

Neil Harris’ comments certainly seem to indicate a willingness to listen to offers, and if that’s the case, expect Lincoln to be at the front of the queue and the front of Mitchel”s mind as well.

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