The Imps have confirmed one in and one out this afternoon, but don’t get excited just yet – it’s not an incoming in the strictest sense.
Goalkeeper Sam Long has been recalled from his loan spell at Boston Unite, with them signing two keepers yesterday. Long joined the Pilgrims at the start of the season, but has now returned to City after making 23 league appearances for the club. The 20-year-old has made six appearances for the Imps, with one game coming in the Football League, our win at Plymouth last season.
He also spent time on loan in Ireland with Drogheda, and it’s our belief he could be sent out again this season, with City’s ranks currently boasting both Carl Rushworth and Jordan Wright.
In other unsurprising news, midfielder Jacob Davenport has also left City after the expiry of his short-term contract. The 24-year-old only appeared three times for the club, twice in the Papa John’s Trophy and once in the League Cup. He seemed to suffer from injuries whilst here, missing some matches in those competitions he would likely have featured in.
I’m a bit gutted about this, as I felt he had the quality to make a real difference to our squad, and had he been fit, he would have been a natural replacement for Matty Virtue, who is currently out for ten weeks or so with a torn hamstring. Sadly, former Manchester City and Blackburn man Davenport wasn’t able to affect the first team as much as we’d like, and he will now depart Sincil Bank.
It might not be the news you were expecting, and hopefully, given Mark Kennedy’s interview yesterday, there will be more to discuss a little later on this evening.