How 'Artful Dodger' Waide Fairhurst is helping team spirit at Lincoln City
Lincoln City boss Gary Simpson has hinted he might sometimes have to play the role of 'Fagin' after admitting he has his very own 'Artful Dodger' in his squad.
Simpson, who has led his side to one of their best ever starts to a season, livened up his weekly press conference at Sincil Bank by likening his striker Waide Fairhurst to the well-known character from Oliver Twist.
"He’s a rouge, there’s no two ways about it," said Simpson. "You have to keep your eye on him. He’s one of those Artful Dodgers, him and Ben Tomlinson.
"I have to put those two together if we end up having an overnight stopover because I don’t think anyone else would room with them.
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"They are a pair together, there’s no two ways about it, but they are infectious and they keep the squad bubbling.
"We have a good group of lads. It’s great when people come to work with a smile on their face."
Simpson was in high spirits after his side earned a draw and a win in the Skrill Premier last week.
The four points have lifted the Imps back into the play-off positions, but more importantly, according to Simpson, moved the club closer to his 50-point target.
"I am a happy manager. I would rather be at this end of the table than the other end," he Simpson.
"Plus, we are getting closer to the 50 points and the sooner you get there the better. I have always said if you get to 50 points by January that’s fantastic, if you get there in February then fair enough, but let’s get there.
"We don’t want to go through what this club has been through in the past two seasons. A club of our size and stature, an ex-Football League club, we shouldn’t be at the bottom of the table.”