UPDATE: Lincoln City v Southport: Colin Larkin leaves Imps ahead of Sandgrounders clash
Colin Larkin is the latest player to leave Lincoln City as manager Gary Simpson continues to reshape his squad ahead of Saturday’s show down with Southport in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
The striker scored eight goals in 34 league and cup appearances for the Imps.
It is the fourth departure of the week, coming hot on the heels of Conal Platt, skipper Gary Mills and Portuguese midfielder Geoffrey Gouveia.
Coming in so far has been defenders Nat Brown and Tony Diagne on season-long loan from Macclesfield Town, while Simpson has also snapped up former Northern Counties East League defender Todd Jordan.
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Simpson also revealed that he has other players in training who he is looking at, with one possibly registering ahead of the visit of the Sandgrounders to the 12th Imp Sincil Bank Stadium tomorrow (3pm).
However, the Imps boss has remained coy over the player’s identity, but he did reveal the type of player he is looking for.
“We need leaders at the moment,” said Simpson. “There are a lot of young lads in the team. They need that extra support and that’s what players like Nat Brown and Tony Diagne give us.
“Both of them have played at Football League level and while Nat Brown is not a shouter or screamer, he will talk to the other players on the pitch and help them along.”
While Simpson is keen to add to his squad, he stressed additions would not be made for the sake of it.
And highlighted that at this stage in the season there are slim pickings available and he has to address his approach.
“You want to bring footballers in, but at this stage of the season you will only have the ones that nobody else wants,” admitted Simpson. “The main times for movement, is in the summer and over January.
“And while you want to bring in footballers you have to pay for them and that gets difficult. It means you can approach the game in a footballing manner or a physical manner.
“We’ve brought in a couple of players who are big and physical in Diagne and Brown. We need to know how to compete in that way if we can’t compete in a football way.”
Simpson is expecting another physical test when Southport arrive tomorrow, with the Imps boss describing their strength as ‘frightening’.
“I’m expecting a really tough game tomorrow,” said Simpson. “Southport are big and strong and physical and will ask a lot of questions from set pieces such as corners, free-kicks and long throws, it is frightening.
“They can really mix it up and in Shaun Whalley who could not only play in the division above, he could cut in the division above that.
“Their away record has also been very good. So it will be tough, so we have to make it tough for them.”
Meanwhile, young striker Conner Robinson has joined Worksop on loan until April 7.