We are balls deep into summer and as yet, the Imps incomings have been few and far between.
You could say it’s been like waiting for a bus, if there’s one bus a day, it’s at 6pm and you started waiting at 6am. Lewis Fiorini certainly appears to be a great signing and I preach patience myself, so there’s no panic, but it doesn’t leave us ‘journalists’ with a lot to write about. Remember, the nucleus of the Imps team is there, waiting to be let loose on League One again, so the volume of signings might not be as significant as last time.
We often make late moves, think Brennan Johnson, Alex Palmer, Neal Eardley and Jason Shackell. We’re playing a waiting game but with the core of last year’s squad all ready and raring to go. Think of it like this – the cake is already baked and we’re just looking for the decorations. Some clubs might be making signings, but they’re only the flour and sugar for the cake.
That isn’t to say there are no former Imps on the move though, and we brought you a round-up of some last month. Well, some more are on the move, so here are a few more names you might recognise, and their new clubs.
Macauley Bonne – Ipswich
Bonne is one of those strikers who we’ll soon have seen more of in opposition than in a City shirt. He played six games for the Imps, scoring once, and we’ve already faced him twice since. he came to the Bank with Woking a few months after his loan, where he was poor, and he featured as we beat Charlton 2-0 last season. He’s just made a season-long loan move to Ipswich Town, so could make his third appearance at the Bank as an opponent this season, which is as many as he made during his spell with us.
Tom Pett – Port Vale
I can’t listen to the Beautiful South song Rotterdam without thinking of Pett. it could well have been anywhere, Rotterdam, Rome or wherever else Jacqui Abbott mentioned, but for Pett it isn’t, it’s Port vale. I’m surprised at this move, I thought he’d gone home for good when he signed for Stevenage, but he’s penned a two-year deal at Vale Park. I think it’s a good signing for them, on his day he’s a top seven League two players without a doubt.
Matt Rhead – Alfreton
There’s no other word to describe Matt Rhead than ‘legend’. It gets bandied about quite a lot these days, but Rhead does fit the bill. With 49 or 50 goals (depends on the senior cup I guess) he played a key role in our 2016/17 season triumphs, and again as we got out of League Two. He’s one of only two Lincoln City players to have three winner’s medals in his collection, and I doubt he’d ever have to buy a drink if he went out in the City. You never know, he might pop up for a drink now he’s not too far away – he left Boreham Wood and has signed for Alfreton.