Lincoln City defender Joe Walsh has penned a new ‘long term’ deal with the club.
Walsh, who is currently out injured, has been one of the club’s star performers when fit, but is currently on his third spell on the sidelines. Despite that, efforts have been made to keep him at the club, and his return will certainly be a huge boost.
“I am really pleased to have signed an extension and my focus is to finish this season successfully and to get back from injury as soon as I can to help the team,” said the 28-year-old.
“I can’t wait to play in front of the Lincoln supporters when they are allowed back into the stadium. I have loved my time at the club so far and look forward to our future together.”
Manager Michael Appleton echoed Joe’s sentiments, adding: “We are delighted to extend Joe’s time with the football club. When available this season, his performances have been outstanding, and he is an important player for us.”
Walsh joined from MK Dons in the summer after turning down a contract at Stadium MK. Upon arrival, he admitted he had spoken to former teammate Conor McGrandles about the Imps, and concluded he wanted to ‘play football’.
“I’m delighted now that it’s all done, and I can’t wait to get going and start training,” he told the club’s official site. “I’ve spoken to the gaffer a few times and he’s sold the club to me. I’ve seen the training ground which looks great and when I played at Lincoln, the fans were brilliant. I love defending and like to play a bit which is the main reason Lincoln brought me here, to play football.”
Despite appearing briefly in pre-season, Walsh found himself sidelined early on, coming into the team for his debut as we drew 0-0 away at Fleetwood Town. His first four appearances all brought clean sheets for the Imps, but injury then ruled him out against Doncaster, with the Imps losing 1-0. He returned to the side at the end of November as the Imps lost 2-0 at Plymouth in the FA Cup, and was a key figure throughout Christmas as City climbed to the top of League One. He picked up an injury in the 2-2 draw against Accrington, which looks to rule him out of action until April 2021 at the earliest.
You can catch up with Joe this Friday on Match Day Live, with me and host Sam Ashoo.