Darragh MacAnthony is a dream for bloggers and news websites. He’s often too open about the different dealing with clubs, but at least you get an idea of what’s going on, even if it’s not always what you want to hear.
He’s been involved in a Twitter exchange recently that has suggested we will not be bringing Mark O’Hara to Sincil Bank in the summer.
He was doing one of his usual question and answer sessions on Twitter and was asked if there would be any dealings with the Imps this summer. A number of their players are on the transfer list, with O’Hara tipped as a possible Imps recruit.
Sadly, MacAnthony says he doesn’t expect any business to be done, claiming later that the option we had to sign O’Hara ends in a couple of days with no positive moves having yet been made.
Whilst this doesn’t mean he isn’t signing, it could suggest that we’re holding off on bringing in another central midfielder. With a new contract rumoured for Michael O’Connor, our current midfielder offering looks strong. If Danny is aiming for a squad of 20, he won’t want five of those to be central midfielders.
Ellis has returned from Chesterfield and although he played on the left there, he’s been playing centrally for us. Freck has been talking up his injury recovery for next season and both Tom Pett and Michael O’Connor were consistent performers throughout last season.
With a number ten at the top of the priority list, MacAnthony has seemed to suggest that we’ve put any move for O’Hara on the back burner, for now.
Much could change of course, interest in our players is bound to be intense and as we farm some out, it might free up the budget to bring some in. Very little business is done this early in the summer and to have the ‘clause’ expire early may have simply been a method to force our hand without the benefit of negotiation.
Despite the vocal chairman’s claims, I still wouldn’t be at all surprised if we see a swoop for Mark O’Hara at some point this summer. It could be a ploy to keep the midfielder’s name in the public eye, or an attempt to force our hand.
Mark O’Hara did seemingly want to remain at Sincil Bank next season and played a key role in our title win. Whether that comes to fruition remains to be seen, but the situation has shades of the ‘Lee Angol’ about it, although we’re unlikely to be pushed out of this chase by Mansfield’s spending….
You can now buy my book ‘Suited and Booted’ right here on the site.
It’s the story of my time as Poacher the Imp, the Lincoln mascot, and the struggles I faced with mental health during that period.
It’s released on June 7th at an exclusive launch, details to follow, but anyone who buys between now and next Friday will go into a draw to be at the launch.
Want to know more?