Imps Loan Talent Recalled as First Team Chance Beckons

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The Imps have recalled teenage striker Jovon Makama from his youth loan at Gainsborough Trinity.

18-year-old Makama, who was awarded a professional contract in May last year, had been due to remain with Gainsborough until April 30th, the date of our game against Crewe. However, a tweet from Matt Boles, Gainsborough’s club secretary, suggested he is on his way back to the Imps.

Not very often you take pleasure in signing a loan recall,” he said. “This lad has been absolutely top draw both on & off the pitch for @GainsTrinityFC. Hopefully, he gets some first-team minutes before end of season, if anyone deserves it he certainly does.”

The striker arrived here as a scholar after leaving Derby County, and he played a key part in the club’s fantastic FA Youth Cup run last season. The academy team reached the Fourth Round of the cup, with victories against Solihull Moors, Oldham Athletic and Preston North End, before going out in such unfortunate circumstances to Watford. Whilst Freddie Draper caught the eye with his goals, Makama’s all-around contribution earned him a senior deal.

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He was almost immediately promised to Gainsborough Trinity, where he has spent the full season. It’s been a challenge for the Holy Blues, who narrowly avoided the drop with a final day win away at Whitby Town this weekend. Makama played his part; he got the opening goal in their 2-1 win to cap off a good personal season. He;’s bagged eight in 23 outings for Tom Shaw’s side this season, with six of those goals and 19 games coming after the turn of the year; he’s certainly come to terms with the rigours of men’s football.

There have been plenty of positive comments on the back of his spell from Trinity fans as well. The best of those are posted below.

We’re hoping we see Jovon in an Imps shirt soon, making his debut, and proving that the loan system we have with Gainsborough Trinity does help shape the futures of our bright young academy graduates.