The jungle drums are beating, the Chinese are whispering and if the chatter is to be believed, Lincoln City are shortly going to announce another signing or two.
I’m a little out of the loop today over in Cambridge, but I’m informed by several little birds that we are in the final stages of closing down a deal or two. One of them may not even be for a new face, but if it comes off it will be like gaining a player we were resigned to losing.
There has also been a lot of discussion about us bringing a former loan player in permanently as well. Last season we loaned Macauley Bonne (signed for Orient), Billy Knott & Josh Ginnelly (singed for us), Riccardo Calder (gone to Scotland), Joe Ward (Woking), Ross Etheridge (we don’t need another keeper), Tom Champion (signed for Boreham Wood), Lee Angol (signed for Mansfield) and three others. Those others are Dayle Southwell, Jonny Margetts and Harry Anderson.
I think if the rumour is true we can rule out a move for Southwell. He would be down the pecking order now Matt Green has arrived, and his display of petulance at North Ferriby impressed nobody. That leaves just two players.
According to Jonny Margetts Twitter account he’s currently enjoying something called Love Island very much, but there are no clues as to his whereabouts. Having had an unsuccessful spell back at City last season I’m not sure he impressed sufficiently to earn a deal in the Football League.
Harry Anderson. I’ve said all summer that the golden egg of transfer dealings would be if we secured the wide man either on loan or permanently. I thought Anderson was one of the stars of last season, and had he not spent a bulk of it on Peterborough’s recovery table he would have been up there getting one of Alex Woodyard’s Player of the Season awards I think. I say this about all our wingers, but he’s direct and quick with a desire to get beyond the full back. What he has that perhaps none of our other wide players display is abundance is strength. He’s not just a quick winger, he’s as strong as old gorgonzola left in the sun. He can batter players as well as outpace them, he can hold them off as well as jinx past them.
My good friend and new father (congrats mate) Pete Summers came to watch City a fair bit last season, whenever his Man Utd season ticket allowed him to, and he remarked to me that of all our player the one he could see playing top-flight football would be Harry Anderson. He apparently has ‘it all’, pace, power, skill, goals and even the right physical build. That is coming from a man who watches more live Premier League football than 100% of my readers.
Like JMD, Anderson also has an eye for goal and he had a better goals to games ratio than Adam Marriott, Jack Muldoon, Elliott Whitehouse and our free-scoring defenders. He started fourteen times, came off the bench the same amount and bagged 6 goals, giving him a ratio of one goal every 4.67 matches. Nathan Arnold started 43, came off the bench twice and averaged a goal every 3.75 games Imagine if Anderson had spent the season with us, injury free? Imagine if he had 43 starts like Nathan, how many goals could he have scored for us? His strikes were crucial early in the season at Wrexham, and they were crucial later in the season against Torquay and Chester. He was an all-rounder, one of the players that managed to stand out in a stand out team.
He was also an admirer of City. On January 28th as we despatched Brighton 3-1 in the FA Cup, and he was watching from the stands. Nothing unusual about that you might think, but on the same day his parent club Peterborough were at home to MK Dons. The boy likes Lincoln City and boy, do we like him.
The Posh chairman has tweeted that Anderson signed his new deal, but there was no official announcement from the club. He didn’t feature for them over the weekend either, meaning his chances are surely limited at London Road. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out there is a chance of him coming to Sincil Bank does it, not really? Darragh McAnthoy also tweeted that no Peterborough player would be signing for Lincoln, and that came amidst rumours of a falling out between the two clubs. Days later the friendly due to take place in 48 hours was announced, rubbishing those rumours. McAnthony made his comments a few weeks ago now, that is a long time in football. Maybe something has changed? Maybe.
I get all sorts of texts and titbits sent through to me, and more often than not I tend to ignore them until there is something solid. I don’t like to repeat a rumour unless it has been in a paper elsewhere before. This is different though, because I am a massive admirer of Harry Anderson and I truly believe he would add another dimension to the wings. Imagine going into a league season with the experience and ability of Arnold, the raw potential of Ginnelly, the pace and goals of JMD and finally the explosive power and speed of Harry Anderson. How could League Two full-backs prepare not knowing which of the four different wingers they’d be facing?
Of course it might by Mr Margetts coming back, and there is a chance that all of the tittle-tattling and whispering is leading us all off down the wrong path.
I know one thing for sure, if we get to August 5th and Anderson is lining up in the same Imps side as Sean Raggett, we will have pulled off two more majors coups to go alongside Woodyard, Knott and Matt Green. League Two won’t know what hit them.