Name: Josh Griffiths
Born: September 5th 2001, Hereford
Parent Club: West Brom
2021/22: Appearances 12 (correct as of October 5th 2021)
Cheltenham Town young Player of the Year 2020/21
League Two Tile Winner 2020/21
Josh Griffiths started his career with West Brom and emerged from the Baggies youth academy after joining at the age of 10. As of 2021, he hasn’t made a senior appearance for his parent club, but he has had plenty of first-team football.
He spent the 20/21 season on loan at Cheltenham Town, where he lifted the League Two title, keeping 23 clean sheets in 50 appearances. That form earned him the Young Player of the Year award at Whaddon Road, as well as getting him a League Two winners medal for his mantelpiece. Having already represented England at Under 18 level, his performances with the Robins earned him further recognition; he was called up to the England under-21 squad for their Euros group stage campaign in March, although he didn’t appear. He has since been called up twice more, the most recent of which came in October 2021.
After a long pursuit over the summer, City landed the big stopper on a year-long loan deal. Other clubs had been interested, including Sheffield Wednesday, Portsmouth and former employers Cheltenham Town. He opted to join the Imps and made his debut in the 1-1 draw with Gillingham, during which some blame was apportioned to him for their goal. His shaky start continued with a weak goal away at Wycombe in a 1-0 defeat for the Imps. He did save a penalty in the shoot out following our 2-2 Carabao Cup draw against Shrewsbury, but the Imps were ultimately defeated.