Imps fans have been given a gift this evening with the news striker Ben House has signed an extended deal until at least the summer of 2025.
House, with 14 goals in 50 appearances, made himself a fan favourite last season with his robust, all-action displays up top. He ousted captain Tom Hopper from the starting XI, then kept loanee Luke Plange on the bench as we made our way up the table.
There’s been talk of possible Championship interest this summer, but the 24-year-old has now signed the new deal on the back of a successful season, where he won both the Golden Boot and the coveted Players’ Player of the Year award.
“I am absolutely delighted and buzzing to have finalised my next few years here,” said the former Eastleigh striker. “The staff and the fans were the main reasons for me wanting to continue here – they have been brilliant throughout, and I have really felt at home.
“I’m at the point now where I have to establish myself, so I hope I can pick up from a successful season last year to hit targets both personally and as a team. Ultimately I want to do well for the team and the fans and hopefully achieve something together.”
Director of football Jez George added, “Just as important as signing new players this summer has been extending Ben’s contract. Initially, on his arrival, Ben had to overcome a number of challenges, with injury and illness, but as last season progressed, he showed why we brought him to the club and his potential to play higher.
“That’s why this contract extension is so important to the club, as well as recognition for Ben because he is a crucial player for us and fundamental to us building a really competitive squad.”
Obviously, I’m delighted we’ve tied Ben down to a longer contract. This is one of those moments that fans do not put enough importance on. If Ben had got to 10 goals by Christmas, and his contract situation was unclear, there would be calls to sort it out, as there was with Regan Poole last season. When it does happen, it feels like ‘much of the same’ – Ben was our player before this news and will be afterwards, but there’s huge value in the news. Dare I say, in terms of our longer-term strategy, this is as good as a new signing.
With the big kick-off this Saturday, I can’t help but feel we’ve had a very good week already.