In these unprecedented times, no one knows what is happening with football. It’s on an enforced hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic and there’s no real sign of when this will be lifted. There’ll be a logistical backlog of games to get through. Aside from that, there is also the need to consider player contract situations – the projected end date for the season being past the traditional 30 June cut-off point for contracts.
Lincoln sit in 15th position of 42 points, 10 points clear of the dropzone and the last relegation place currently held by Tranmere Rovers on 32 points. All teams sit waiting for the official word to get things going again but until then it is just uncertainty that they have to look forward to. Part of that uncertainty rests around contract situations; here are five Lincoln players whose current deals are up at the end of June.
Lee Frecklington (central midfield): 34-year-old Frecklington returned to the Imps in the middle of January 2018 from Rotherham for an undisclosed fee. He’d started out his football journey there as a youth and graduated to the first-team set-up in July 2003. In total, Frecklington has made 182 appearances for his hometown club, scoring 28 goals and adding 10 assists. However, this season he has only featured once in the Leasing.com Trophy and he has only made the bench once and was an unused substitute in the away game at Gillingham back in mid-November.
Neal Eardley (right-back): Former 13-cap Wales international Eardley signed his last contract extension in mid-May 2018, the season he was Lincoln’s player of the year. He’d signed for the Imps a the start of that campaign, joining them from Scottish side Hibernian on a free transfer. Since signing on at the club, Eardley has gone on to make 140 appearances for Lincoln, scoring three goals and adding 18 assists. This season he is an ever-present and has featured in every minute of every game and has laid on two assists.
Josh Vickers (goalkeeper): Vickers started out in football with Premier League side Arsenal, leaving them Swansea’s Under-21s in mid-August 2015. Lincoln signed him from Swansea’s Under23s 18-months later at the opening of the summer 2017 transfer window. Since signing on at the club, Vickers has gone on to make 78 appearances for the Imps, conceding 90 times and keeping 22 clean sheets. This season has seen him feature in all games and complete all minutes of Lincoln’s season so far. He’s conceded 46 times this campaign and kept 10 clean sheets.
Tom Pett (left midfield): Pett joined Lincoln City from League Two side Stevenage at the end of January 2018, He signed an extension to his contract wit ha one-year deal at the end of last season. His time at the club has seen him make 65 appearances, scoring five goals and laying on four assists. However, he has not been used much this season and has just two appearances totalling 124 minutes, the last of which was in mid-November.
Harry Anderson (right midfield): 23-year-old Anderson joined the Imps from Peterborough in late July 2017 after working his way up through the ranks at the London Road club. Since he first signed for the Imps, Anderson has gone on to make 166 appearances for the club, scoring 27 goals and adding 22 assists. This season has seen the midfielder feature in 30 of Lincoln’s games, scoring five League One goals and adding four assists.