Part of my work with Football League World sees me researching all manner of players, not least those out of contract in the summer. Over the course of the past few weeks I’ve been digging extensively into the contract status of players across the league spectrum.
I’m going to put together a series of articles about players available on a free that maybe should be interesting us in the summer. I did the same last season and called Bozzie, Matt Green and Tom Pett to name but three. It is speculation, or maybe more of a guide to you as to who might be moving around once their contracts expire in June.
I’ve been looking at League Two first and come up with the following players that I think could do a job at Lincoln City. All of these players are out of contract in the summer and capable of adding value to our squad.
Hiram Boateng – Exeter City
Boateng is 22-years old and is expected to move on in the summer once his Exeter City contract expires. He’s classed in various outlets as a defensive midfielder but he’s much more of a box to box player. That might be at odds with our requirements as a side, but if we were to use Bozzie as a defender all the time it would open up a space in the squad.
I liked Boateng when Exeter came to our place, he’s full of running and wasn’t afraid to get at players, something we perhaps lack centrally. Alex Woodyard distributes the ball well but we don’t have a midfielder who will beat a man or two, not in the strictest sense. The former Crystal Palace man has that.
He signed on a one-year deal last summer for Exeter, having also been linked with Port Vale, Barnet and Oldham. He’s been excellent all season for the Grecians, grabbing six assists and one goal from his 39 outings. To put that into context, Rheady has seven assists and Neal Eardley has six.
He’s strong on the ball and can often drift out to the left side of the pitch, adding a certain balance to the side. If Exeter go up it is thought he’ll be looking to remain at St James Park, but if not maybe there’s scope for a move. He’s ambitious and has played Premier League football for Palace once. Much of his loan career has been in League One with Northampton and Bristol Rovers.
Dan Jones – Notts County
31-year old Jones has played left back for Notts County and didn’t make himself entirely popular with his antics at Meadow Lane last year. That doesn’t make him a bad player though and full back is a position we could do with building on.
He’s been around a bit has Jones, Chesterfield and Sheffield Wednesday to name two of his sides. He’s more used to league One football or above, this is his first full season in the basement division, although he has played in League Two for Port Vale in 2012/13 after leaving the Owls in January. He helped them earn promotion and, if he does the same with County this time around, it proves he has the right experience at this level.
He can push on too, he’s been used as a left midfielder and a left winger before which plays into our hands as he could overlap where needed. Much of our success last season came from full backs overlapping, but this time out we haven’t got into the same positions enough.
At the time of his transfer to County the contract length was not released, but reliable website transfermrkt.com has him on a one-year deal.
Kristian Dennis – Chesterfield
Dennis is another out of contract and, like most relegated players, he’ll likely seek league football elsewhere next season. Before anyone claims relegated players should be voided, Lewis Alessandra hasn’t done too badly after leaving Hartlepool for Notts County.
Dennis has 20 goals this season in all competitions and would be a super addition to our current forward line. He’s a late starter, 28-years old and only had a couple of years in professional football, but that non-league background would be perfect for the ethos we have as a club. He’s made the step up, like many of our players, but also has the experience of having been a jobbing striker at the likes of Curzon Ashton and Stockport County.
We need strikers and whilst many will hope to see a Lyle Taylor (as will I), we do need options up top. Dennis would add definite value to our current crop.
Matt Godden – Stevenage
Godden is a rare breed, a natural finisher and goal scorer. His two-year deal, signed in 2016, is coming to an end at Stevenage and as yet, there’s no news of a new one. He would be a massive addition to our squad and he knows the area well already having been at Gainsborough and Scunthorpe.
He’s got 14 this season, seven fewer than last season. He has only scored twice in 2018, but is that an indication of him and Stevenage reaching the end of their time together?
Godden, like Dennis, has come up the hard way having been an outcast at Scunthorpe but battling back from the National League South with Ebbsfleet. He’ll be attracting plenty of interest in the summer and would again add value to the Imps squad.
Simeon Akinola – Barnet
Yes, I’m still going on about Simeon. I know there’s plenty who say he’s no better than we have, but sometimes the strength comes from the depth. There’s still a part of me that hopes the saga has a pleasing end to it. Simeon is big, mobile and worked well under Danny and Nicky once before.
All contract information has been taken from www.transfermrkt.com and, where possible, has been double checked against an independent source. That doesn’t mean it is all correct, but it’s as close as I can get without ringing the player concerned.
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