Imps legend and longest-serving player, Alan Power, has signed for Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock on a two-year deal.
Power had been offered terms to stay at Lincoln City, but the lure of a longer deal has taken him away from Sincil Bank for the first time in six seasons. There were strong rumours that big-spending Billericay had also offered him a deal, but his future lies north of the border.
The Scottish League has attracted a couple of National League faces, Roarie Deacon left Sutton United for Dundee and last season Craig Clay swapped the bright lights of Grimsby for Motherwell. A move to the side placed 8th in the Scottish top flight last season marks quite a turnaround for Power.
He had fallen out of favour after Danny and Nicky arrived, and early on in the season he had even been linked with a loan move to Boston United. He stayed put and fought barely to get back into the side, a cause helped by the shocking injury to Lee Beevers.
After impressing in the FA Cup games he still failed to nail down a consistent starting spot, often coming off the bench. He made a brief cameo against Chester City, coming on to help shore up the midfield and being sent off moments later for a rash challenge in the middle of the park.
Up north he joins a side going though a transitional period just like Lincoln. Manager Lee Clark stepped down in February, leaving former Wigan man Lee McCulloch to take the reins. The league is an odd one to compete in, last season Kilmarnock finished 65 points adrift of champions Celtic, but just six points clear of Hamilton in the relegation play-off spot. Hearts finished fifth with 46 points but were closer to bottom placed Inverness (34) than fourth placed St Johnstone (58).
Power will join up with veteran striker Kris Boyd, once of Rangers, but in the main it is a youthful squad at Rugby Park. They have an 18,000 capacity stadium, but at present attracted just over 3,000 on average. He may have swapped the English fourth tier for the Scottish top tier, but in terms of club size there is very little difference.
I would loved to have seen Alan Power pull on an Imps shirt in the Football League, because he has been with us throughout out non-league hell. He’s been there contesting every ball as we morphed from a bad team of loan players into a bad team of permanent players, and eventually into the Champions of last season. Seeing him in a Lincoln shirt will now, forever, mean non-league, and that is a shame for a player who gave so much to the cause.
I like Alan Power, I always have. He’s offered so much during his Imps reign, often looking lost amongst teams with no heart or soul. Somehow he managed to stay, often pledging his allegiance to the club when it seemed nobody else would. If anyone deserves a crack at top-flight football, albeit in Scotland, then it is Alan Power.
Power’s departure means the mantle of ‘longest serving’ player now passes to Paul Farman, a man who missed out on the first few months of our Blue Square hell, but otherwise has five and a half solid seasons behind him. Having just signed a new two-year deal it looks as if Farms could surpass both Alan Marriott and legendary keeper Dan McPhail for clean sheets and appearances. If one legend has just left us, the other is still here cementing his place in the history books forever.
As for Alan, I wish him best of luck for the future, and I think I speak for every Imps fan when I say you’ll always be welcome at Sincil Bank with open arms.