Imps Forward Heads Out On Loan

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Remy Longdon has joined National League North side York City on a short-term loan deal.

The popular 24-year-old has made eight senior appearances this season, but has struggled to impact the first team despite our attacker shortage. He’ll hook up with York, who are 11th in the National League North, and currently managed by former Newcastle, Everton and Sheff Weds defender Steve Watson.

Remy joined the Imps last summer after a spell played for Cefn Druids in Wales. Last season, he appeared 20 times for the Imps, scoring twice. One of those goals came in the league against Burton Albion as we won 5-1, with the other in the EFL Trophy as we routed Shrewsbury 4-1. His most promising stint in a Lincoln shirt came a year ago; he started four out of five games over the Christmas period (Shrewsbury, Northampton, Burton, and Peterborough), but he dropped back to the bench following the arrival of Morgan Rogers.

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Sadly for Remy, he was the player who missed the crucial penalty in our EFL Trophy semi-final with Sunderland, which cost us a place at Wembley. He bounced back to earn another year on his contract, but has since struggled to live up to some of last season’s promise. This season, he’s started just two matches, against Manchester United U21s and Sunderland. When he was;t in the first XI for the trip to Carlisle, it appeared the writing was on the wall.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; I’m a huge fan of Remy. He put the disappointment of failing to make the grade at Blackburn behind him with his move to Wales, a move that came on the back of an injury that almost forced him out of the game entirely. He is a superb character and one who will instantly lift a dressing room, but sadly it doesn’t;t appear as though there’s a future for him at the club. The defining moment of his season so far has to be when he came on against Burton, and stumbled over the ball whilst in a one-on-one with their keeper.

That shouldn’t be the legacy he leaves, but it did seem to be a point where the gaffer drew a line under his Imps time. I hope he goes and smashes it at york, and maybe earns himself the chance of a move to League Two, or the National League on the back of it, where I think he would thrive.