City and scouting platform Non-League Gems have extended their partnership for a further three years.
Non-League Gems provide an analytics tool to help spot players with potential quickly. Peter Chadwick, founder at Non-League Gems, said: “After a successful first year of working together, we are pleased to have reached an agreement to extend the partnership for an additional three years.
“We use our predictive modelling scouting software to unearth emerging talent from the non-league market.”
City’s director of football, Jez George, added: “As a club, we are always looking to unearth young talent and then develop them within our environment and give them an opportunity of the platform to play in our first team. This is a fantastic partnership for us to do that in a really cost-effective way.
“Ben House is a typical example of a player with potential in the National League who has quickly developed into a top League One centre-forward and we know there are others who can emulate him. Our agreement with NLG and access to their database gives us another tool to find them.”
House joined from Eastleigh in 2022 and made his debut against Burton Albion not long after. He scored his first Imps goal as we went down 3-2 at Fratton Park in April, but has kicked on this season. In total, he scored 12 league goals, including winners against Ipswich, Morecambe and a brace against Cheltenham
The Imps have also dipped into non-league for Jay Benn in recent seasons, with the young defender making his first team debut against Barnsley in the EFL Trophy, and currently spending time in Ireland with Bohemians.