City have secured the signature of promising midfielder Oisin Gallagher, 18, on a new long-term contract.
The Republic of Ireland U19 international, a second-year scholar at City’s Academy who signed his first professional deal on his 17th birthday, has made two first-team appearances in the Papa Johns Trophy this season. He also captained City’s U18 side as they reached the third round of the FA Youth Cup.
Gallagher’s transfer from derry City to the Imps saw us request special dispensation from FIFA, as the club is based in Northern Ireland but play their football in the Republic of Ireland. That created problems around his capture, which meant Jez George worked day and night to get it over the line.
We haven’t seen much of him around the first team, but the Imps highly rate him, and his commitment will delight those around the EPC. As for the player, he too, sounds happy with this development.
He said: “It’s hard to get your first contract, but it’s even harder to get your second one – and I’m delighted Lincoln City have put their faith in me. I’ve really enjoyed my time both with the scholars and when I’ve stepped up to train with the first team, I’ve been made to feel really welcome, and I’ve loved it. It’s been a tough journey, but I’m very proud and really enjoyed it.
“I want to better myself on and off the pitch, working hard each day in training and hopefully getting as many games as I can under my belt.”