Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley has told the Lincolnshire Echo that he is targeting ‘four or five’ new signings to take the club ‘to the next level’. In their first season back in the EFL, after winning the National League title last season, the Imps reached the Sky Bet League Two play-offs.

Whilst Exeter City proved too good over two legs in the semi-finals, the general consensus surrounding the club was that it was a season of success. Lincoln made their first ever appearance at Wembley a few months ago, where they defeated Sky Bet League One play-off finalists Shrewsbury Town to lift the Checkatrade Trophy.

However, Cowley is not one to rest, and is already making plans ahead for next season, with this part of the summer all about recruitment,

“We’ve got to try and add to the personnel we’ve got.

“We’re in a significantly better position than we were in this time last year.

“It’s now about trying to add the four or five who could help take us to the next level.”

The club today revealed their official retained list following the 2017/18 season. Midfielder Billy Knott recently took to social media to confirm that he will be moving on. He ended last season out on loan at Rochdale. Elliott Whitehouse, who was the match winner as Lincoln beat Shrewsbury at Wembley, has been offered an extension. The same can be said of full back Sean Long and young goalkeeper Richard Walton. As expected, Cameron Stewart has departed.

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