Former Imp Takes Pay Cut To Stay In League One

A former Lincoln City player has taken a pay cut simply to remain with the club he represented last season. 

Few of you may remember Kieran Wallace, but he was signed by Chris Moyses on loan in the 2014/15 season from Sheffield United. He appeared six times for the Blades, including a couple of outings in League One, before joining us on a month’s loan. In his six outings for the club, he was on the losing side four times, but did appear as we got our regular win against Braintree, thanks to ben Tomlinson’s opener and Jordan Burrow’s brace.

After that he returned to Bramall Lane, making 17 appearances, before being loaned out to Fleetwood where he appeared twice all season in 2016/17. That seemed to be the end for him and he wound up at Matlock Town, before Burton Albion offered him a route back into the professional game.

Now 25, Wallace has done well for the Brewers. He’s appeared 48 times in the league for them in League One and he’s one of the players new manager Jake Buxton has been keen to keep. Along with Stephen Quinn and John Brayford, he’s accepted reduced terms to remain with the Derbyshire club.

“When you have to assemble a squad of players, a player like Kieran is always an important part of that,” he said of Wallace, who didn’t appear at Sincil Bank in March, but did get a booking as we beat them 2-0 at their place earlier in the season.

Wallace, described by local press as a valuable performer, is another of the players who appeared for us on loan in the National League and has since gone on to have a decent career. Tom Anderson came on loan in 2014 and is now with Doncaster, whilst Matty Pearson only made FA Trophy appearances during his loan from Blackburn, but has since appeared 42 times for Luton Town in the Championship.