‘Always worked so hard for the team’ – These Imps fans react to Matt Green’s departure

Courtesy of Graham Burrell

It’s been in the pipeline for some time and now, just before the festive period, the news has finally broken. After 18 months as a Lincoln City player, Matt Green has moved to Salford City.

It’s not a surprise at all, maybe the timing has caught one or two out, but the deal itself is a no brainer for everyone involved. As much as we like Matt Green and as much as he likes the club, he’s been offered a good deal elsewhere. I feel I write these words most transfer windows, whenever a player leaves who we would like to have kept.

The problem here is Danny wouldn’t be thinking of offering a two and a half year deal to Matt, certainly not at the level that Salford will be wanting to spend. That isn’t because we don’t rate him, but Danny has never been extravagant with spending, nor has he tied up squad places unnecessarily. Whether you agree with it or not, Matt wasn’t a starter this season and when we’re offered a chunky fee and the player secures his immediate future, everyone is a winner.

Everyone except Danny Cowley, the man who has had the final say on the deal. He loses a good player, albeit one used sparingly, and now has to replace him. That isn’t an easy task either. Laughably, I’m still seeing people talking about Macauley Bonne as a replacement. The money Orient would want rules it out, as does the fact he wouldn’t play a role in the first team given his style. Danny has to attract a player that fits the requirements of the squad, whatever that might be.

One thing he does not have to do is make a statement signing for the fans. No James Norwood, no Macauley Bonne and no Christian Doidge. 

One thing is certain, nobody is glad to see Matt go. He was a great player for us last season, some of us even thought that before the Port Vale game in which he scored. Had he been used in a 4-4-2 all season, and not a wide player in a 4-3-3, he would have scored 20 goals at least. He leaves with a decent record and I personally wish him all the best.

Sadly, I now have to change my banner image, another job to do before Christmas.

Here’s some of the latest reaction to Matt’s move.

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  1. For me it’s a sign of our progress Matt has gone. It has been inevitable I believe for some time. He has made a terrific contribution to our meteoric rise and deserves this fantastic opportunity at this stage of his career. I would love the money to be spent on someone Danny believes can work with John Akinde, perhaps a bit further forward than Sean McCarty operates (if he returns to Bradford City). Good luck Greeny! Thank you for everything you have done for the club.

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