Sean Long looks set to join the list of players leaving Lincoln City, according to reports in Gloucestershire.
The right back spent a majority of last season out of the side after Neal Eardley joined the club, but he was offered a new deal at the end of the season. That deal, thought to be one year, was a similar deal to the one turned down by Elliot Whitehouse last week.
Cheltenham have ben busy this summer and Long would be their eighth new signing, joining Alex Addai, Johnny Mullins, Ryan Broom, Ben Tozer, Tom Smith, Conor Thomas and Chris Hussey. Amongst those players there is perhaps one that I would think good enough for our first team, so don’t let numbers fool you.
There is little doubt that Sean Long is a decent full back, he’s young and learning his trade and he started the season well. Sadly, he isn’t anywhere near as good as Neal Eardley. He made 13 starts this season, most of which came in August and September, but once Sam regained fitness, Sean cut a lost figure on the bench.
It was widely thought he would be our right back once Bradley Wood left, he was given the number two shirt which tells you what the intention for him was. Football is a cruel game though and it has dealt the likeable 23-year old a rough hand this season, especially with a Championship quality player joining right on the eve of the new season.
Sean’s a great character, always ready to entertain and interact off the pitch and growing as a footballer on it. He’s had the odd cameo, his 95th minute introduction at Wembley might not have seen him make an impact, but I’m sure he’ll cherish the memories nonetheless.
In a season where we’ve had a threadbare squad, Sean Long has been the ultimate squad player, young and hungry but having to wait for his limited chances. I don’t think he’s let the side down at all but I would not begrudge him a move away in search of regular first team football, because he isn’t going to find that at Sincil Bank.