Lincoln City have started preparing for life back in the Football League by bringing in four new players in the past 48 hours.
On the back of selling 5,300 season tickets, anticipation in the city is high that the club might have a good season. The new faces go a long way towards building the expectation.
Former Birmingham City striker Matt Green has joined on a two-year deal after being released by Mansfield Town. He was the Stags top scorer last season with 15 goals.
Another new striker is six-foot four Ollie Palmer, another who has signed a two-year deal. He joins after a season at Leyton Orient, and he also previously played for Mansfield Town.
Two of last season’s heroes have also returned to the club. Winger Josh Ginnelly has re-joined from Burnley on a season long loan. Josh described the Championship-winning day against Macclesfield as one of the best days of is life.
Crowd favourite Billy Knott is also heading back to Sincil Bank, he’s signed a one-year deal after being told he can leave Gillingham on a free transfer. Knott is a former Chelsea trainee whom the fans believe possesses the skill and guile to push on for league success.
The club are also close to announcing the arrival of another player on loan, a winger currently at a Premier League club. He’s been with the Imps since they returned to pre-season training yesterday and it looks like a season-long loan deal is again on the cards.
That won’t be the end of the transfer dealings either as the club look to strengthen ahead of the season opener at Wycombe Wanderers on August 12th. The club have moved to try to secure star players Alex Woodyard and Sean Raggett on longer contracts after both were the subject of interest.
Sean Raggett spoke to Norwich City about a move and was the subject of bids from Oxford United and Peterborough. More recently it has been Woodyard attracting attention, Scunthorpe United have submitted a bid amidst rumours of activity regarding Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers.
The ability to hang on to those players will be as important as the calibre of new faces as the Imps look to continue their remarkable success under Danny Cowley.
With crowds set to remain at their highest levels for years it is set to be another great season following Lincoln City. If the last 48 hours are anything to go by fans are in for another exciting season.