Imps See Bid For League Two Striker Rejected

City have had a bid rejected for striker Brandon Hanlan, according to Bristol Live.

Hanlan, formerly of Gillingham, joined the Gas last season but could not prevent them from sliding into League Two. It appears our bid did not match the £150,000 that Joey Barton’s side have been told they must pay Gillingham for the forward, who had his fee decided by a tribunal.

Who is Brandon Hanlan? He’s a 24-year-old striker who we have previously faced on several occasions. I called him a ‘physical threat‘ during our win against the Gas earlier this year, but we first saw him during the 2017/18 season when he played for Colchester, on loan from Charlton, with whom he served his apprenticeship. He scored a handful of goals for Gills following a move there in 2018/19, then added seven in 40 matches during the aborted 2019/20 season.

Last season, he bagged the Bristol Rovers penalty that beat us 2-1 at the Bank in September. He had eight goals in all competitions until January 2nd but then tailed off with just one in the final five months. It’s fair to say he’s never been prolific, but then I said the same about daniel Udoh in my Shrewsbury preview and look how that turned out!

Courtesy Graham Burrell

In total. he has 36 goals from 197 senior appearances, and he was named Gillingham’s Young Player of the Year in 2018/19. It isn’t a move I saw coming; Hanlan doesn’t strike me as a Michael Appleton signing, but I would put him very much in the Tom Hopper mould, a player with a great work rate and physical presence, if not one to grab 20 goals in a season.

That said, I also couldn’t see us going to more than £150,000 for him. It is believed Barton is happy to let him move on, he hasn’t featured yet this season due to a slight knee strain, but he is one that the Gas want to cash in on. I fully expect Hanlan to make a move this summer if (and only if) Barton gets himself another striker.