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Robbie Gotts’ loan spell at Lincoln City has come to an end, as parent club Leeds have recalled the young midfielder and sent him to Salford.

Gotts, 21, made a total of 12 appearances in all competitions for the Imps, scoring one goal in the 4-0 victory over Accrington Stanley in the Papa John’s Trophy.

He also won two man of the match awards while at the LNER Stadium, in a 1-0 league win away at Swindon Town, and a 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Plymouth Argyle.

The versatile central midfield player, who also played as a right back for the Imps, has now moved to League Two and joined Salford City until the end of the season.

Robbie Gotts. | Photo: Lincoln City FC

Lincoln City thanked Robbie for his contributions during his time at the LNER Stadium, saying: “We wish him well in his career.”

The loss of Gotts has freed up space in the Lincoln squad as Michael Appleton looks to strengthen his team ahead of a promotion run this season.

The Imps are currently sat four points clear of second placed Hull City at the top of the League One table, having played 21 of the scheduled 46 league games.

Fans will hope this is the only loan player to go back to his parent club from Lincoln in the January transfer window, as rumours surrounding star man Brennan Johnson’s future remain rife.

Chris Hughton, manager of Johnson’s parent club Nottingham Forest, told local media that he is better off at Lincoln due to his regular playing time, which will ease some Imps fans’ fears.

Boston United completed the signing of 24-year-old striker Jake Wright on a free transfer.

Wright, who will wear the number 24 shirt for Boston, became a free agent after suffering a serious injury for the Pilgrims in last season’s promotion final against Altrincham.

Jake scored 10 goals in 29 appearances for Boston United and will now pick up where he left off with the club, starting with Saturday’s National League North game away to Alfreton Town.

Pilgrims boss Craig Elliott said he is delighted to sign Wright, who he describes as a “top striker at this level.”

“I am delighted to be able to sign Jake again, I think it’s clear to see that when Jake is fit and playing games, he is a top striker at this level.

“He has worked extremely hard to recover from a severe hamstring injury and get himself fit.

“Jake has had a lot of bad luck with injuries and I really hope he now has a bit of good luck and an injury-free season with us.”

Boston United currently sit inside the National League North play-off places, in sixth position, with promotion firmly in their sights.

A 33-year-old coastguard volunteer in Lincolnshire has been selected as one of the first four shooters who will represent Team GB at the rescheduled Tokyo 2020/1 Olympic Games this summer.

Aaron Heading was born in Kings Lynn in Norfolk and is currently based at Long Sutton in Lincolnshire.

The four-time World Cup medallist will take part in the men’s trap competition at his first Olympic Games, which will take place between July 23 and August 8 this year.

Heading is also a four-time Commonwealth Games medallist, including Gold in Delhi in 2010. In 2018, he achieved the World number one spot in Olympic Trap.

The following year he won a bronze medal at the European Games in Minsk in 2019 and he has a ‘wall of fame’ at his parent’s house in Lincolnshire.

This week he was chosen by the British Olympic Association as one of the first four shooters, alongside Kirsty Hegarty (women’s Olympic trap), Matt Coward-Holley (men’s Olympic trap) and Seonaid McIntosh (women’s 50m 3 position rifle and 10m air rifle).

The quartet will all make their debuts at the Asaka Shooting Range in Japan this summer. It is a particularly great story for Aaron who had considered retiring after being involved in a serious crash.

Just weeks after winning Commonwealth silver at Glasgow 2014, Heading crashed his motorbike and nearly lost his leg. He was in hospital for nearly two-and-a-half weeks and in a wheelchair for two months.

He initially looked at retiring and later became a volunteer with the Sutton Bridge Coastguard, where he still works, covering the marshes and seaways of South Lincolnshire.

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