Jake Sheridan: Problems at Eastwood Town make me appreciate Lincoln City
Jake Sheridan confessed David Holdsworth's decision to re-ignite his career rescued him from a season of financial uncertainty at Eastwood Town.
The former Notts County midfielder will return to the Badgers this weekend to play a friendly which was a condition of the deal which took him to the Imps last season.
Sheridan subsequently impressed enough to clinch a new one-year deal this summer to become one of the first players retained by Holdsworth.
And he says his return to Eastwood has given him a glimpse of what could have been had it not been for the Imps' intervention.
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"Moving to Lincoln has certainly made me appreciate what I have because, looking back, if I had still been there, I'm not sure what would have happened," he said.
"When I was there were rumours about problems with money, and the owner put the club up for sale for a £1.
"But the gaffer came in for me and pretty much got me out just in time before I had time to suffer the impact.
"After I left, the problems continued and there was a lot of uncertainty around the club as players left and so on.
"I know I could have been one of those affected which is why I am thankful to Lincoln for giving me a chance.
"It makes you appreciate what you have got and when the gaffer offered me a contract again in the summer, signing it was a no brainer really."
Sheridan's return to full-time football meant he left a job as a delivery man which he undertook to supplement his wages at Eastwood.
At a time when hundreds of footballers still have no club as a result of football's crumbling economy, Sheridan believes some may be forced into the working world.
However, from his own experiences, the 26-year-old said trying to find a job was tough because all he had known was football.
"When you come out of playing full-time and you have to get a job, it can be very hard to find one," said Sheridan, who made 16 appearances for the Imps last season.
"I was very grateful to the company that hired me because when they looked at my CV, all that was on it was football, football, football.
"It would have been easy for them to hire someone with experience, but thankfully they gave me a chance.
"For the players who can't find a club, they are going to have that same problem.
"It's very difficult out there at the moment given the amount of players who are currently out of work.
"When I sit back and think where I could have been doing it has made me even more determined to make sure that I make the most of my time at Lincoln."
The Imps were due to play two pre-season friendly games on Wednesday night.
The majority of the first team were set to play against Evo-Stik League Premier Division side Worksop while a makeshift team were due to travel to Grantham Town.