Reports coming out of Salford suggest that winger Nathan Arnold has had his loan deal with National league North side Salford terminated after just three matches.
Arnold wasn’t in their squad for the match against Tamworth recently, but he was seen at Mansfield Town watching the Imps battle to a 1-1 draw. Now, according to a Salford City messageboard, Nathan has returned to the Imps.
Just last week Alan Johnson conducted a really interesting interview with Nathan in which he said the following of his recent move: “It wasn’t until I had actually got inside the club that I could see there were a lot of things that needed to be done for them to go forward and be successful. For me personally it has been challenging because although they are top of the league, they still have to drive standards. I just feel there is a little bit of complacency here and they have got ahead of themselves. I have voiced my opinion using my example and my experience because that’s another reason why I’m there – it’s not just a footballing one to go and get game time. It’s an opportunity to help those around me and use my experience of being in a promotion chasing side.”
If you haven’t read it, make sure you click here and give it a read, because it was a fascinating insight into his move. That said, one can imagine it didn’t go down particularly well over in Salford.
So, is Nathan back? None of the assembled press asked Danny in the press conference and as yet, I’ve not heard from my sources either, but it looks increasingly as if he is. He’d struggled to get a game for large parts of this season, but his cross against Rochdale provide the winning goal and enabled progress in the Checkatrade Trophy. He also provided our first goal of the season at Wycombe with hard work down the wing.
Another positive about a possible return is his ability to tuck into the striker, suiting the 4-3-3 which Danny has worked on recently. Harry Anderson let it slip that we have been working on that set up, suggesting he’s being coached in where to be in the new formation. The switch could open up another opportunity for Nathan to come back into the fold.
Whatever has happened, as always I wish the best for a footballer who Imps fans hold in incredibly high esteem. We’ll all be watching closely because at the moment, any bodies around the club will be a bonus.