Stacey West Player Review 2018/19 – The Centre Backs


Cian Bolger

You could be forgiven for thinking Cian Bolger hadn’t featured all that much since signing from Fleetwood, but remarkably he’s start 11 matches, with a further five outings from the bench. It’s fait to say he’s been overshadowed both in terms of centre backs he’s up against, and the signings who arrived in the window at the same time.

This was a coup for Lincoln, there’s no mistake there. Cian Bolger is highly rated and was wanted by Championship clubs in the summer. Like James Wilson last season, he’s expected to be a first team player in the coming months, especially when you consider the length of contract he’s been given.

I would offer a word of caution; we’ve not seen the best of him so far. he’s still travelling back to Ireland I believe to see his girlfriend and as of a couple of weeks ago he was living out of temporary accommodation. I believe he’s very much like Tom Pett of a year ago; still setting in.

There’s no doubt he’s good in the air and has some quality on the ball, but I think he’s going to be the sort of player who needs time and a pre-season before we see the best of him. I believed, naively, that him signing meant Jason Shackell would be going. The fact Shacks is staying means Cian has a big challenge next season.

I think he’s up for the fight, I believe he has quality and can be a consistent performer for us. I just don’t think we’ve seen the best of him yet and considering he’s not put in a truly poor performance as yet, that bodes well.


Courtesy Graham Burrell