There’s been lots of internet rumour around Terry Hawkridge this summer, heavily linking him with a move back to the Imps.
Hawkridge is well-known to Imps fans as a crucial part of the 2016/17 National League winning side, but he opted to turn down a new deal last summer to join Notts County. At the time the move was hailed as a dream for him, a return to his boyhood heroes on a two-year deal.
The 28-year old remained a firm favourite despite his move and was rather embarrassingly applauded when he scored their fourth goal in our 4-1 thrashing at Meadow Lane.
He played 37 times in all competitions for them last season, starting 29 league games and scoring three times, rescuing points against Mansfield and Cheltenham late on in the season.
Now chatter indicates that there’s an outside possibility of a return to the Imps for a second spell.
The tricky winger first joined City on-loan from Scunthorpe under Chris Moyses. His deal was made permanent halfway through the 2015/16 season and he went on to establish himself as a first-choice wide player for Lincoln.
He scored his only Imps goal for Moyses in the 2-0 home win against Danny Cowley’s Braintree in the 2015/16 season. In 2016/17 he struggled to nail down a first team place in our National League winning side, starting 24 of the 46 league matches.
His scoring ratio did improve though as he bagged six goals for City that season. However, much like Elliott Whitehouse, he will perhaps be forever remembered for one match. The two he scored against Macclesfield will remain in the hearts and minds of fans for the rest of their lives.
Going 1-0 down to Macclesfield on the final home game of the season was hard to take, and it called for big performances to turn the game around and bring the title home. He didn’t do it just once either, with quarter of an hour from the end of the match he picked the ball up on the edge of the area, burst forward and slotted a shot across the keeper and into the back of the net. It was a wonderful moment for the club and for the city.
Would a move for Terry be a step back? He didn’t fully establish himself as a first team regular for either us, nor Notts County, but is his creativity and guile what we need now?
If we are in for him, it would be the strongest suggestion yet that we’re looking to switch our approach, preferring patient build up and neat passing over the long ball. Maybe Terry left with us knowing we’d need to go long and now there’s interest because we’re changing the way we do things.
Or maybe the internet is just wrong and we’re not after him at all.