Imps Trialist Pens Non-League Deal

We reported the other night that the Imps had taken Jock Curran on trial from Grimsby Town.

He appeared as we played Gainsborough, a game we lost 2-1. Fret not, it was essentially our Under 18 side, with a handful of players on trial. Seeing as the first XI, and some of the young players, had gone down 1-0 to Premier League Norwich City 24 hours before, it’s little surprise that we put out a youthful squad.

Jock Curran was one of six trialists, four of which we knew the identity of. It seems that the purpose of his appearance was not to try to impress our staff, but Gainsboroughs, as he’s now penned a deal with the Holy Blues. What’s more interesting is that he has been with them since the beginning of pre-season, despite turning out for us.

“Jock has been with us since the beginning of pre-season and thoroughly deserves this opportunity,” said (Lincoln Under 18s and Gainsborough) manager Tom Shaw. “He is a rangy, intelligent, all-rounder type of midfielder. He regains the ball well, has shown a really high level of tactical understanding and we feel he has good physical potential.”

credit Graham Burrell

It’s a fascinating situation, because Tom is effectively managing both sides, and the lines between the two have blurred. For instance, Jovon Makama is heading there on loan this season but turned out for us on Wednesday night, but Curran, who has been with them all pre-season, also turned out for us. It’s a bit like when I used to cheat at Championship Manager back in the day by making myself boss of two clubs and just pooling players, only it’s happening in real life!

It’s not clear whether the other trialists were actually with us, or Gainsborough at this stage. Perhaps they don’t even know themselves!