VIDEO: Find out about Lincoln City's new signing Ben Tomlinson
Ben Tomlinson is the latest player to join Lincoln City as manager Gary Simpson steps up his preparations for the new Conference season.
The striker signed a two-year deal after Lincoln and Alfreton Town agreed an undisclosed, four-figure fee for the 23-year-old.
Born in the Dinnington area of Rotherham, Tomlinson had a stint at The Millers in his youth but moved to Worksop Town at the age of 19.
In his final season at Worksop, he scored 29 goals in all competitions in 2010/11.
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Tomlinson’s performances in the Evo-Stik Premier League were good enough to convince Simpson – then manager of Macclesfield – to sign the forward in the summer of 2011.
He signed for a five-figure fee and had scored five goals by October, but he fractured his ankle and was out injured for almost four months.
He struggled to regain full fitness and form and his injury-hit spell was brought to an end within a year.
All six of Tomlinson’s Macclesfield goals came under Simpson’s stewardship.
One of his more memorable Macclesfield strikes came within seven seconds against Morecombe in September, the quickest goal in the Silkmen’s history.
From kick-off, Tomlinson stormed through a gaping hole and managed to squeeze a shot into the bottom corner.
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The striker moved to Alfreton and was a mainstay in their line-up last season, starting 29 of 44 games. Against Hyde in February, Tomlinson completed a hat-trick with a 48th minute penalty, having scored a double inside 15 minutes.
In his solitary season at Alfreton, Tomlinson had a record of almost a goal every three games, notching 11 goals in 39 Conference matches. He also picked up eight yellow cards.
In November last year Tomlinson scored two goals – a scrappy tap-in and a neat finish following clever footwork - inside the last ten minutes but was given a second yellow card for inciting the crowd with his celebration.
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At 5ft 11in and with a slight build, Tomlinson looks a pacey player with good feet and a solid goalscoring record.
Simpson now has a list of strikers comprising of lower league experience and youthful fervour, with Tomlinson joining Waide Fairhurst, Conner Robinson, Bohan Dixon, Danny Rowe, Nick Wright and Adi Yussuf on the list of Imps strikers at Simpson’s disposal for the new season.