Lincoln City Round-up: Danny praises Walker, O’Connor on the Imps’ squad

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There has been a few bits of Imps’ news this week and whilst we haven’t covered it in any detail, we thought we’d do a little round-up for those of you who don’t follow the Echo or have been away from your desks.

Danny on Tyler Walker


Tyler Walker made a decent start to his Imps career, looking lively all afternoon as we gave Accrington plenty to think about on Saturday.

He didn’t score in the 2-0 in but showed plenty of endeavour. He got in behind on a couple of occasions, as well as arriving for a header just before half time which drew a fine save from Dimi Evtimov.

Danny recognised the impact Walker had when he spoke to the Lincolnshire Echo yesterday.

“I thought Tyler was really bright on his debut,” Danny said. “He was full of running and kept the ball up the pitch without great service in the first half.

“In the second half, his link-up and combination play was good and he always looks a threat in front of goal. The fact he had three chances, we see that as a real positive.”

Danny has always said he doesn’t judge strikers on missing chances, he judges them on being in the right place to create one in the first place. On the weekend’s showing, Tyler Walker will be in the right place quite a bit this season.

Michael O’Connor on the squad


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Part of me just wanted to do this piece so I could use the photo Bubs sent me of Mickey on his first loan spell with us ten years ago. It also gives me a chance to promote the new feature we’ve got this season, Bubs’ 20-year anniversary and a celebration of his pictures.

Speaking to, the Northern Irish midfielder wanted to lavish praise on the debutants after the weekend’s win.

“I think it is a good squad, look at Jack Payne he has won promotions to the Premier League and we have Jorge Grant who is an outstanding player,” said the scorer of the Imps’ opener.

“With no offence to last season’s side I think this year we have a much stronger squad and I know the gaffer wants to add a few more for depth. We have some top players, in fact we have some boys who are Championship players. Payney (Jack Payne) is unbelievable on and off the ball, Tyler (Walker) had a number of chances but their goalkeeper made some amazing stops.

“Joe (Morrell) is only small but he played really well and Jorge (Grant) has also showed his quality.”

O’Connor played ten matches on loan from Crewe back in 2009, which is where Bubs has dug the youthful-looking picture up from.

Now, if only we can resign Sam Mullarkey as I’ve got four or five pictures of him to roll out.

Danny on transfer window


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Every year they tinker with something, don’t they? Whether it’s a silly rule change here or a date swapped about there, something has to change.

This season, it’s the transfer deadline they’ve played with. Of course, it’s not the only change that’s been made, but there has been a major shift in the dates teams can make transfers.

The deadline for the Championship is this Thursday; for us, the deadline is September 2nd. Last year, you’ll recall the permanent window shut early in August, but the loan deadline went on until the end of the month. It led to a lot of ‘loans with a buyout clause’ which meant a permanent deal in almost all cases.

The change means we’ll see little movement around our own squad this week as clubs in the division above us prioritise incoming deals over outgoing players, but Danny feels that the change is good news for the Imps.

“You’re often waiting for the Premier League and Championship clubs to make signings,” he said after Saturday’s game.

“Once they do, that triggers everything else to happen. Sometimes that happens really late and, in the past, League One and League Two clubs didn’t always get the opportunity to react to what happened. But now there is that period of time after the first window shuts.”