It’s been a big day at Sincil Bank as the Imps unveiled a new loan signing, confirmation of a current loan deal and a new central defender too.
We’ll deal with them chronologically and start with Shay McCartan. there had been a lot of talk about whether he might go back to Bradford City in this window and if their people had been watching this weekend, they might have been tempted. An industrious day at the Bank began with the announcement that he’d be staying with us until the end of the season.
Is this news? it shouldn’t be, he signed a season-long loan deal so in truth he should be with us for the season. The current market dictates that anything season long can be (and often is) terminated in the January window. Think Ashley Nadeson at Carlisle or Andre Green at Portsmouth.
McCartan staying is big news. He’s the sort of player we don’t have elsewhere in the squad, more advanced than Lee Frecklington and Tom Pett, closer to a striker but not quite the John Akinde figure. His ability to carry the ball allows others to join play too and his probing runs have caught teams unawares.
I would hope that he kicks on in the second half and adds a few more goals to his displays. The news was met with delight by fans, but it was only the start of the incomings.
Fantastic, can we have Shay for next season too??
— Anna Law (@annamassingham) January 17, 2019
Next up was the arrival of Cian Bolger from Fleetwood. This is a massive coup for the club, Bolger was linked with Championship sides very recently, including Hull City. He’s a big lad, Danny said 6ft 5in in the interview which I think adds two inches since we covered it last week!
He’s a big addition though in more ways than one. He’s going to be a threat in both boxes and is a ‘old school’ defender which usually means doesn’t give a f*ck about anything. The general feeling is that he’ll allow Michael Bostwick to move into midfield but, if I’m honest, I don’t think that’s the main reason. If that was the end game, why not play James Wilson there?
Bolger, in my opinion, has been signed for one thing and one thing only. League One football. This isn’t signing for this season, although he’ll certainly be a big member of the squad, but it’s a capture for the future, hence the two and a half year deal. Look at the deals Danny has offered out in the past; that tells you what a big capture this is.
Can it be the sort of signing the usurps Neal Eardley’s and Jason Shackell’s? Maybe. Without putting too much pressure on the lad, this is just another clear example of where we’re going as a football club.
Welcome Cian to a great club with the best atmosphere in the league. @LincolnCity_FC Can we sign someone called Badger now?
— Graeme Baker (@gbaker76) January 17, 2019
The final signing, for now, is defender James Brown from the Millwall Under 23 squad. I get the feeling he’s going to be an Adam Crookes replacement, after all there’s not going to be an opening at right back, surely? Neal has that side tied up, unless he’s struggling with fitness.
I can see Brown playing matches, but perhaps as a late sub to keep things tight. He’s got League Two experience and is clearly someone rated at Millwall, but where can he fit into the first team picture?
It might be important to remember Scott Wharton’s signing though last season. Back then I remember thinking that he’d been seen on occasion but never more than a few minutes, but he had a significant role to play for us in the run in. Maybe I’m mistaken here and we’ll see what the former Carlisle loanee has in his locker.
🤔 good to have cover regardless
— Nath (@nath_loveridge) January 17, 2019
That’s three bits of news, but only two signings. By ‘only’ we don’t mean to be greedy, but the club clearly have something else to tell us. We all know what the magic number is and by half past five, two new faces will become a triple threat, a trio of incomers ready to help us to League One.
Hold on to your hats.
It’s the magic number…
— Lincoln City FC (@LincolnCity_FC) January 17, 2019