‘I’m a lot more settled now’ – Cian Bolger Exclusive

Courtesy of Graham Burrell

Ahead of this weekend’s clash with Southend, we’ve been chatting to Cian Bolger about life at Lincoln City.

The former Fleetwood defender has been in fine form in the early part of this season, putting in a pair of impressive performances against Accrington and Rotherham.

He was our Man of the Match against Rotherham and as he told me in a chat this week, the side went in with a game plan that was executed perfectly.

“It was obviously a good win, they’re a good team coming down from the Championship so we were expecting a tough test. We went into it with a game plan that we executed well though. It turned out to be a good result for us.

With three wins and three clean sheets, it’s been a great start to the season at both ends of the field. That’s in contrast to the second half of last season, certainly for Bolger. In his programme interview this week he discusses some of the challenges associated with moving when he did, and how he found last season tough at times.

That’s all changed now, something he attributes to putting down roots in Lincoln.

Courtesy Graham Burrell

“Things are a lot easier now. I’ve bought a house here and my girlfriend has moved over from Ireland so I’m much more settled.

“I was living out of a suitcase when I first arrived and I was just here, there and everywhere. I’m a lot more settled right now, we’ve got moved in and it means I can focus on the football side of things which is great.”

Bolger is in a battle with Michael Bostwick and Jason Shackell for a place in the starting line up tomorrow, with the 27-year-old staking a real claim with his performances. The centre back pairing will certainly be one of the first areas of the field supporters eye up tomorrow at 2pm.

Make sure you buy a programme tomorrow where you’ll be able to read about Cian’s issues last season, as well as his pre-season preparations. It’s a great read, even if I did write it myself.