Imps skipper Luke Waterfall has become the second player to commit his future to Sincil Bank, signing a two-year deal with the club.
After the rumblings of discontent yesterday surrounding Terry Hawkridge, it is great to finally get some more good news regarding the playing squad. Waterfall had been linked with a move north of the border to Kilmarnock, so it will be a relief to City fans that he’s put pen to paper on a new deal.
Luke Waterfall was a revelation last season. He lost his first team place to Chris Bush and Jamie McCombe under Chris Moyses, but a two-year deal meant he was a City player last season. Under Danny and Nicky he grew in confidence and stature, and although it was a surprise he was named captain, he led by example all season.
He’s a great defender at this level, he offers a goal threat at one end but a solid line of defence at the other. The song talks about him heading bricks, and that is a testament to his never-say-die attitude and tough tackling. I really like Luke at the back, I like the level of intelligence he plays the game with. If you watch the first Ipswich goal at Portman Road you’ll see him make a split-second decision not to bring down Tom Lawrence. Quick thinking on his part, and a massive call to have to make.
Along with Sean Raggett I think he forms the best centre half pairing we’ve had in a decade, certainly the most cohesive. They play so well together, covering each other and getting forward to offer a real double threat from set pieces. I’ve often said there are subtle differences in their game, and Luke is more of a classic centre half. He’s a ‘kick it away, head it away’ type of player, the sort of defender that Steve Thompson would put a poster of on his wall. Make no mistake, along with Paul Farman this is another big bit of news. It is as important to keep as much of the squad together as we can, as it is to find out who is coming in to strengthen it.
Luke Waterfall has come to epitomise the fighting spirit that Danny had instilled in the team, and having been here ‘BC’ (before Cowley) he also represents the good work that Chris initially put in with recruitment. He will always be an Imps legend now for being the one to lift the trophy at Sincil Bank, but hopefully by signing for two more years, he has signalled that this is just the start of the journey.
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