Former Imps player James Caton believes new loan signing Josh Ginnelly has what it takes to make a significant impact at Sincil Bank.
Ginnelly signed on loan until the end of the season from Burnley, and he chose the Imps despite interest from several other teams. It is rumoured that former Shrewsbury manager Micky Mellon was keen on taking his one-time protégé to Prenton Park.
However, Caton advised his friend to sign for Lincoln, having sampled the potential himself. He tweeted his congratulations on the move, and when I spoke to him he confirmed he advised the former Aston Villa youth to come to Lincoln.
“I was telling Josh to go to Lincoln over the other clubs. I’m sure he will do very well! What a season you are having. It’s amazing to see nearly 10k fans at the games. Brilliant.”
Caton recently opted to leave Southport after 27 games and three goals for the National League strugglers, and he was effusive in his praise for our new acquisition.
“Josh is a talented player, that was proven when he went to Altrincham last year. He showed he could play in a physical league. He is very good at dead ball situations, can take a player on, has pace and can provide assist and goals for sure.”
It isn’t just what Ginnelly can offer City though, James believes he will be a nice fit with what Danny and Nicky are trying to achieve.
“He will do very well at Lincoln as I know the way the manager wants to play from being there all pre-season, so he should slot right in!”
Danny and Nicky like their wide men, and James Caton was unlucky himself not to end up in red and white. His immediate future will be revealed over the next few days. He was rumoured to be in talks with a League Two team before a managerial change scuppered the move, but it is unlikely a player of his talent will be without a club for long.
As for Josh Ginnelly, the signs are very encouraging indeed. He was once rated by Micky Mellon as a ‘six figure sum’ player, and he signed for Burnley for an undisclosed fee thought to be very close to that in 2015. If he can live up to the hype then he’ll add some extra depth to our options on the flank, keeping pressure on Nathan Arnold, Terry Hawkridge and fellow loan player Joe Ward.
Despite the arrival of Ward, City have still looked light out wide in recent weeks, hopefully Ginnelly can have the same impact as Harry Anderson, who was a revelation before his return to Peterborough.
Ginnelly is cup-tied in the FA Cup, but will be expected to feature against Welling in the FA Trophy.