On the back of my transfer window article the other day, I had a couple of messages asking where certain players on the list were now.
I thought you know what, that sounds like an article in itself. Where are some of the more obscure players we’ve signed, or those who shone bright but brief at the Bank? It is a good chance to get some old photos from Bubs and give you a little trip down memory lane.
There are played who now play top-flight football on here and players who have appeared in Europe. One of the obscure names has even gone on to play international football, whilst others are with obscure non-league sides having never realised their potential.
So, without further ado, here are ten players from the last five years and what they’re doing today.
Firstly, can you believe this; Josh Ginnelly is only 25. How can a player who seems a part of our past still be so young? The winger had two loan spells with the Imps, the first in the second half of our 2016/17 season and again at the start of the following campaign. He even bagged on our return to the Football League, levelling as we drew 2-2 with Wycombe. However, injury ruled him out of the next handful of games, and by the time he returned on September 9th, Harry Anderson and Nathan Arnold were in the first XI. His season-long loan was terminated in January and he moved to Tranmere.
Since then, his agent has played a blinder – he got a move to Walsall in League One, and after just six months there, Preston North End bought him. He struggled at Deepdale, and after a short stay with Bristol Rovers, he moved to Hearts. He made his debut in the Scottish FA Cup against Celtic, scoring in a 3-3 draw, and has since become a key part of their side, scoring as recently as November 12th against Livingston.
Williams was, in a way, a replacement for Ginnelly. Billy Knott and Ginnelly had both played out wide, but with Ginnelly returned to Burnley, Knott was also loaned out to Rochdale, with Williams coming the other way. He’d been a player we’d eyed when he left Barrow, but he opted for League One Rochdale rather than us. He struggled to make an impression for them and got six months with our play-off hunting team.
He made 11 appearances for the Imps, not really having an impact, and returned to Rochdale for the following season. He did okay for them, scoring two for them in League One. He was released by them in the summer of 2019 and moved to AFC Fylde, where he bagged 15 goals in 39 outings. He then moved to Stockport for a season before shifting to appear for The New Saints in Wales, when he bagged 17 times as they won the Cymru Premier and Welsh Cup last season – he even bagged a brace in the final.