I’ve been fortunate to catch up with Harry Toffolo this week as part of my work for the club programme.
We chatted for a while about football and his aims and hopes for the future, with the full interview making superb reading. It’ll be in the programme on Saturday and if you buy one all season, make it this one. He’s not your average 23-year old, that is for sure.
Aside from some of the deeper discussions, he told me about his joy at opening his Sincil Bank career with a goal against Swindon Town.
“Getting the goal against Swindon was great I know they’re one of my old teams but to be able to get a goal on my home debut will hopefully kickstart the season for me and a successful season for everyone.”
Harry played for Swindon on loan and is highly thought of at the County Ground, but there was no fear of him not celebrating his strike.
“I was always going to celebrate, I enjoyed my time at Swindon and had a fantastic time there, but I’m a Lincoln player now. I’m glad I had the opportunity to score at Sincil Bank. As a full back it might never come around for me again, I took the opportunity and I think I milked it quite well.”
It could have been his second in as many games after a rasping first half volley against Northampton (main picture) just passed over the bar, but he’d prefer not to be reminded about that.
“Fuming that I missed that one at Northampton! It should have been a corner but we won’t go into it. Still, fumbling the goal against Swindon was brilliant so that is enough for me as long as we won both games.”
Harry has settled into life at Lincoln well, something you can find out about yourself this weekend, but one youngster has caught his eye and really impressed the former England U18, U19 and U20 international.
“I saw this kid, Ellis Chapman, and thought what a player he’s going to be, especially as he’s only 17! I know for a fact he’s going to have a great career, he takes advice on board and if there’s anything I can offer him I know he’ll use it right. He’s been fantastic pre-season too, he’s such a massive prospect.”
To read the full interview, remember to buy a copy of ‘We Are Imps’ this weekend against Notts County.