Lincoln City refuse to give up chase for striker
Gary Simpson has not given up hope of bringing a towering target man to Lincoln City, despite being knocked back this week.
The Lincoln City boss revealed he and his backroom staff have been chasing a 6ft 3in striker this week, but his club were unwilling to let him go.
Simpson, who will be aiming to boost the club’s coffers when they start their FA Cup campaign against Worcester on Saturday, insists the move has been shelved for now, but hinted it may be possible to return for the player at a later date.
“We have tried to add to the squad this week,” said Simpson.
“We made an inquiry about a player that we were willing to take on loan until January and then buy him.
“I have got the funds in place to do that. But I could only do it with one.
“He was within our price range and we thought he would be beneficial to us so we tried to do it.
“At the moment it is dead because the club don’t want to let him go, but that does not mean the lad doesn’t want to come.
“If he becomes available again, he is within our price range, I’ll put it that way.
“He is at the right age and is 6ft 3in. He would have complemented what we already have.”
Lincoln will travel to Kidderminster’s Aggborough Stadium to play Worcester in an FA Cup fourth qualifying round clash with £12,500 in prize money up for grabs this weekend.
And boss Simpson admitted the financial benefits of a successful cup run could be vital.
“Obviously it’s important to get on a cup run, there’s no two ways about it,” said Simpson.
“We know the importance of it because there is a few quid at stake. A cup run could make the difference when it comes to adding to the squad or not.”
With such an important game coming up this weekend Simpson said his squad could have done without Tuesday’s County Cup final against Gainsborough Trinity.
Despite winning the trophy after a penalty shoot-out following the 0-0 draw at the Northolme, Simpson was unhappy at having to play the match just days before his side’s FA Cup tie.
“We were forced to play this game,” he said. “We didn’t really want it because we have an important FA Cup tie on Saturday, but the Lincolnshire FA forced us to play the game.”