The big problem facing Lincoln City amid emergency loan seeking

Michael Appleton admits signing a new goalie on emergency loan is not a fatality for Lincoln City.

The Imps want to bring in a new stopper after Josh Griffiths suffered a season-ending injury while Sam Long is on loan in Ireland. Jordan Wright has been exceptional since his debut at the club, but Appleton wants the security of having a goalkeeper on the bench.

The Imps went on an emergency loan keeper last May after Alex Palmer suffered a concussion ahead of the play-off semi-final against Sunderland. Joe Bursik arrived on loan from Stoke City, playing in the first leg before Palmer returned for the second leg.

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However, it’s not that simple, with many clubs reluctant to let goalkeepers out during the season. When asked if he still expected a new keeper to arrive for Saturday’s game at Shrewsbury Town, Appleton replied: “Yeah, I hope so. But unless we can bring in someone with a lot more experience than Jordan, then we’re not going to. What’s the point of bringing in someone with less experience?

“There aren’t many, that’s the problem. You have clubs that don’t particularly want to do it, which I understand. That’s why it was so easy to get someone of the quality and level of [Joe] Bursik because the season was over. It was a great opportunity for him, but for one match. He is a regular part of England’s U21 squad. There aren’t many there. »

Asked if the Imps had inquired about Bursik, who dropped out of the Stoke City first team, and Palmer, who recently went on an emergency loan to Luton Town, Appleton said: “From obviously they’re obvious, but unless the parent club is happy to do it, there’s nothing we can do about it.

If a keeper is signed, he will have to play, which means Jordan Wright would have to drop to the bench, a harsh but inevitable consequence of an emergency signing.

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