Cost-cutting Lincoln City to stop housing new signings
David Holdsworth has revealed Lincoln City will no longer house new signings after revealing the club were slashing costs on players' accommodation.
Having lost a solidarity payment of £225,000 from the Football League, the Imps have been forced to review their expenditure in order to offset the loss.
One area that has come under instant scrutiny is paying for players' accommodation with the club already owning a property that currently houses three players.
With Holdsworth still in the market for two more signings, the City boss said his recruitment drive was now centred on players who live near Lincoln.
"The most important thing in recruiting players is location because the club cannot afford to put players up any more," he said. "When I've set about the task of recruiting players, the first thing I have had to do is find out where they live.
"We cannot afford to assist them in accommodation, be it in a house or paying hotel bills.
"We do have a club house, but the three bedrooms are actually taken up.
"Unfortunately when a lot of players come to the negotiating table they look for some kind of help regarding their housing.
"That has been a big downfall in terms of recruiting players. The first thing I ask when talking to an agent or a player is a) is he married? and b) does he have children?
"This club does not hand out two-year contracts and you have to be realistic about the fact players aren't going to move from where they live for just one year.
"Generally speaking, the recruitment process has been based on players generally living within 45 to 50 miles of Lincoln.
"I am trying to find players who could perhaps car share and a lot of people probably don't appreciate how big a factor that has been this summer."
Holdsworth's latest signing, Adam Smith, lives in Sheffield while Andrew Boyce, another one of Lincoln's latest recruits, is based in Doncaster.
Holdsworth revealed though that some players he had spoken too felt that because Lincoln were a big club in the Blue Square Bet Premier, accommodation was a given.
"People see us as a big, big club and while we have a huge heartbeat, we don't have huge funds and that has been well documented," he said.
"The chairman has quite rightly been very transparent and we know we have a very low budget in terms of this league.
"The hardest part is not the money, but finding players within Lincoln's radius and who fit the profile of the club."