Fairhurst vows to prove his quality
Waide Fairhurst admits he has shown only glimpses of his undeniable talent, but vowed to reproduce the quality which graced the Championship.
The former Macclesfield forward is hoping to be in the starting 11 against his old club on Tuesday, the first home game of City's season.
Fairhurst left the Silkmen in the summer to rejoin his old boss Gary Simpson at Lincoln in what represented a considerable coup.
Fairhurst struck two quality goals in pre-season in the win against Scunthorpe, which underlined his quality.
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But by his own admission he is still some way from the form which saw him play Championship football with Doncaster Rovers.
"I am my own harshest critic and I'm constantly measuring myself because I have high standards," he said.
"There is so much more to come from me in terms of turning, shooting and reacting.
"I have just got to ensure that, whenever I'm given a shirt, I keep it.
"I don't just expect to play just because of what I did last season, or the season before that.
"The gaffer says it doesn't matter who you are, if you play well, you will be in the team.
"It is all in my hands really. I know I can play Championship level because I've done it.
"That's the level I'm striving for."
Fairhurst attracted interest from several clubs after deciding to leave Macclesfield who are still suffering from severe financial problems.
He ended last season with 13 goals and was regarded as one of the Silkmen's classier performers.
Fairhurst is now relishing the challenge which lies ahead with Lincoln and says his only aim is promotion.
"I could have stayed at Macclesfield, but I chose to come to Lincoln and I hope we can push on and get promoted," he said.
"In my eyes, I wouldn't be happy to be top 10.
"I want promotion and the team we have here is great.
"There's a terrific spirit, good coaching staff and we want to do the right things.
"I think this team can win promotion given the players the gaffer has brought in and the way he wants to play.
"We will be on it every game – we have to be. This is a big club and it shouldn't be where it is.
"Hopefully I can get them where they deserve to be."
Lincoln will welcome a new managerial team in the opposition dugout with John Askey and Efe Sodje being appointed successors to Steve King.
They have made a number of summer signings including striker Connor Jennings, Scott Boden and Steve Williams.
They have also signed former Lincoln midfielder Paul Turnbull following his release from Stockport.