Lincoln City Make First Summer Strides

Lincoln City have today completed their first signing of the summer, with former Charlton Athletic midfielder Conor McGrandles re-joining the club from their League One rivals.

The 28-year-old signs for the Imps on an initial two-year deal having played for the club over 80 times between 2020 and 2022 following a move from MK Dons. This upcoming season will be his third stint with the club.

Speaking to the club’s official website, McGrandles said:

“It’s brilliant to be back. I really enjoyed my time on loan last season so when the club showed interest in me this is what I wanted to do.

“There was a lot of faith shown in me when I got injured. The club offered to do all my rehab which shows the care for people here.

“I am really grateful for the way the fans took to me when I came back. I know how good the atmosphere is here and it’s something I’m really looking forward to experiencing throughout the season.”

McGrandles was a starter for the Imps team who made it to the League One play-off final in 2021. Lincoln would go on to lose out on promotion to Blackpool, however, and remain in the third tier, where they still ply their trade.

The Scot returned for a brief loan spell with the Imps in February of this year, but his time was cut short due to injury.

Despite this, Lincoln City head coach Michael Skubala praised McGrandles professionalism:

“Conor had a big effect on performances and results having signed on loan before his unfortunate injury curtailed his season.

“Just as important though was Conor’s impact off the pitch, setting standards in training and with his professionalism every day at the EPC.

“We feel Conor can make a big contribution moving forward within our young group and we are delighted to bring him back to the club on a permanent basis.”

Since his move to the Londoners in 2022, McGrandles has struggled for game time in an injury-hit stay. He appeared just 19 times for the club. In that time, however, he did score twice.

Before his move to Lincolnshire last season, he also appeared for Cambridge United on loan. He also played for them 19 times, but recorded an impressive five assists.

A fee is likely to have been paid for the midfielder, whose contract wasn’t due to expire with the Addicks until next summer. 

Writer’s View

McGrandles experience is a positive, with the 28-year-old having over 150 appearances at League One level. Whilst the likes of Ethan Erhahon and Ethan Hamilton are likely to be ahead of him in the pecking order at the LNER Stadium, he will no doubt be able to help the younger players in the squad.

The Scottish midfielder was extremely unlucky as he had been a man in form prior to his ankle injury, so the club will want to know if he can kick on this campaign. The Imps will still be actively pursuing other deals but they won’t need too many reinforcements this summer. The signing of the McGrandles seems to be a shrewd one.

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