On the back of our good relationship with Everton, we’ve managed to secure a loan deal for midfielder Callum Connolly.
The youngster joins on a season-long loan and it has to be said, it’s something of a coup. Every time we sign someone I’m saying this sort of thing, but genuinely how on earth is Danny doing this?
Last season, Connolly started games for both Wigan and Bolton in the second-tier. Okay, so neither side were battling at the top of the table, but this is a 21-year-old lad playing regular football in the fifth biggest division in Europe.
The midfielder was an Under-20 World Cup winner with England in 2017 and has also represented the Three Lions at U17, U19 and U21 level, winning the Toulon Tournament in 2018 with the U21 squad.
He made 84 Championship appearances. 84. This is a player of real quality, an exciting youngster desperate to come here and compete right at the top of the table. It’s a big signing for us, make no mistake about that.
“It’s great to be here,” he told the club’s official site.
“Lincoln are a club on the up and the manager’s philosophy was appealing, and hopefully I can continue to improve here. There have been a few people at Everton who have recommended Lincoln to me as a great club, and hopefully it can be as good as the reviews I’ve received.”
What I do find interesting is the position; I said I felt we needed a player of the Alex Woodyard ilk earlier this week and a few people suggested that wasn’t a position we needed cover in. I disagreed and it seems Danny is in agreement; this will be a valuable addition to our squad.
Given the new way we play, and the pace (or lack of it) we have in the centre back role, we needed some energy to compete with Mickey and Joe Morrell in front of the back four. Despite their strong starts to the season, both will feel the heat of first-team competition courtesy of the new arrival.
I’ll be looking at him in more depth this evening, breaking down where he’s played, giving some numbers and stats too, but for now the SW welcomes yet another strong signing to the Imps family.