Lincoln City boss keeping close eye on Bradley Barraclough's development
Lincoln City boss David Holdsworth believes Bradley Barraclough’s loan move to Gainsborough Trinity will be crucial in his bid to land a place in the Imps’ starting line-up.
Barraclough joined the Imps last summer under ex-boss Steve Tilson as a raw recruit who had been playing in the American college system.
He was unproven in the Blue Square Bet Premier and last season enjoyed a prolific loan spell for Evo-Stik League Premier Division Buxton, a side playing two levels below City.
He has now joined Blue Square Bet North outfit Gainsborough until January 2013, with Holdsworth confident it will be the perfect test to get him prepared for a chance for first-team football.
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“There is only so much someone can learn on a training ground, it is the cut and thrust of a game which makes the difference,” explained Holdsworth.
“Bradley, like all of the younger players at the club, needs to get that experience and going out on loan is the best thing for them.
“They will get minutes under their belt, build up their match fitness and hopefully get that sharpness that playing games gives you.
“A move until January is ideal for Bradley as it will give him time to get those matches he needs and come the end of it he will be a lot further on as a player.”
Barraclough is not the only member of Holdsworth’s squad currently out on loan.
Midfielder Karl Cunningham is currently at Goole until January 2013, as is defender Dan Coupland.
Holdsworth says he is monitoring the progress of the duo and is keen for them to cut their teeth.
“It is important that they learn,” he said,
“A lot of people might look at it and think why not give them a run in the first team and let them learn that way? But this is a tough league and the last thing you want to do is crush them.
“If you want to really get the best out of them you have to give them time on loan and not throw them in the deep end in the hope they will swim.
“I know from my own experience how good a loan spell can be for you and what a difference it can make for your career.”