Imps Eyeing Move For 29-Year-Old Former Sunderland Man

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The Imps are being linked with a move for former Sunderland and Coventry City keeper Lee Burge, according to Alan Nixon

The 29-year-old is something we haven’t had for a while; an experienced keeper who would belong to us, and as we have two youngsters in the position at the moment I guess there’s an element of believability about it. Burge made his name Coventry City, turning professional in 2011 and playing 160 times for them.

We came across him first in League Two during our first season back, where he helped Coventry to promotion, having already won the EFL Trophy the season before. In June 2019 he left the Sky Blues for Sunderland, and in 2020/21 he was named in the League One Team of the Season. He was their keeper for both play-off matches last season, but dropped down the pecking order despite starting as their number one this campaign.

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It’ll be an odd rumour for people to see on the back of Sam Long’s form in Ireland, and Jordan Wright’s inclusion in the team at the end of the season, but I can see it happening. Despite some strong performances, I felt Wright made a couple of errors as the season progressed, and if we were to leave Long with Drogheda (which is possible) then Burge would certainly fit the bill.

My gut feeling is Wright may even be eyed by bigger clubs; we’ve seen QPR being linked already, so perhaps his quick ascension last season has caught the eye of a team thinking he can do a job further up the spectrum. There is always the possibility someone has seen Sam Long’s performances and be interested; given the rave reviews he’s earning in Drogheda, it wouldn’t be a surprise. Either way, if Nixon is accurate (and he’s not usually bad despite the paper he writes for) then we might have our own stopper next season, rather than a loan.