Aaron Lewis has put pen to paper on an 18-month deal which will keep him at Sincil Bank until the end of next season.
The 21-year-old hasn’t seen a lot of action this season, but became a popular figure after a solid performance against Everton in the EFL Cup, one in which he helped set up a goal and made his mark on Brazilian striker Richarlison.
The full back has played just three times for the club, twice in the EL Cup and again against Manchester United in the EFL Trophy. As an Under 21 international with Wales, he’s often suffered from being away from the club at times he might have made the squad, but after six months of reportedly playing for free, he’s finally been rewarded for his application.
“There’s a great group of lads here and it’s a great club to be at and Lincoln City as a club has the best fans in League One so it was an easy decision to make.” Lewis told the club’s official site.
“I really believed in myself and this club in the longer term. While yes, I suppose you don’t see a lot of that, but I thought it was the right thing to do. It’s a really good club and I was really impressed with it and saw this place as the right step for my career.
“I have shown what I can do, I’ve worked hard and got myself a deal here which was the target which I set myself.”
Lewis is capable of playing on both sides of the defence but is more comfortable as a right back and would be unlikely to feature on the left given our options. He emerged from the Swansea youth set up, but didn’t make a senior appearance for his parent club. He did appear in the EFL Trophy for them last season, scoring a 90th-minute winner against Wimbledon. That led to a loan spell with promotion-chasing Doncaster Rovers, where he started seven games.
He was released by the Swans in the summer, leading to Danny Cowley bringing him in on trial in the summer. He impressed in the pre-season friendlies and earned a six-month stay at Sincil Bank, although it was thought he wasn’t being paid during his time here. “He’s free in terms of finance and wages,” said the former Imps boss at the time. “He’s playing for nothing which shows the kid has a real desire and willingness. He just wants the opportunity.”
He’s now been handed that opportunity and given today’s departure, this will soften the blow. Aaron Lewis has become a popular figure amongst some fans despite his relatively short amount of game time. His display against Everton goes some way towards that, but then so does his willingness to play for free. On a day when money has had a big say in taking a player away from us, another remains at the club after showing that he’s motivated by something else entirely; a desire to play football at the highest level.
There’s little doubt in my mind Aaron Lewis could have found a good deal in League Two or maybe the National League. Instead he came here and played for free to remain as high as he could. I respect that massively and that’s why he’s well-liked by sections of the fanbase.
Him staying at the club also opens up the possibility of a free Saturday every now and again. He’s a Wales Under 21, but with Joe Morrell playing for their senior side and both Zack Elbouzedi and Conor Coventry likely to be with the Republic of Ireland, we’ll most likely be given a chance to postpone one match before the end of the season.
Don’t make any serious plans for our home clash with AFC Wimbledon which falls on March 28th; it is an international weekend and very likely to be rearranged for April.