Goalkeeper Sam Long has signed for Scottish League One side Falkirk on a season-long loan.
The 20-year-old has six first-team appearances for the Imps and has previously spent time at Gainsborough Trinity, Drogheda United, Boston United, and Bromley. His Drogs loan was a roaring success, leading to him earning a call-up to Scotland’s Under 21 squad. However, a challenging time at Boston saw him play in a struggling team, and despite an enjoyable stint with Bromley under former mentor Andy Woodman, he didn’t get game time.
This season, the talented youngster will continue developing at the Falkirk Stadium. Managed by former Hearts boss John McGlynn, they were beaten in the League One play-off in Scotland and will be among the favourites for the title this time out. They also seem to have signed Sam as the first-choice keeper, with only 21-year-old Nicky Hoggarth listed as an alternative on their website.
City’s director of football Jez George said: “Falkirk know Sam really well from his spell at Drogheda United and his call ups for Scotland U21s. They have tracked him for a considerable amount of time, and we are aware that they rate him highly and are aware of his attributes. This is an excellent opportunity for Sam at a good club, with a really strong fanbase and high expectations having reached the play-offs last season.”
Sam joined the Imps as a trainee after a spell at Crystal Palace, and whilst he was called up to Scotland’s Under 21 side, he was also part of an England training camp in 2021. He made his City debut against Manchester United U21s last season and his full league debut against Plymouth Argyle in January. In his six outings for the Imps, he’s kept two clean sheets against Bowers & Pitsea and Bradford City.