Reports in Lincoln are suggesting that the Mariners are monitoring the progress of Red Imps’ left-back Sam Habergham, as Michael Jolley looks to reshape his squad at Blundell Park.
Habergham is one of three players out of contract this summer at Sincil Bank, but he has missed more than a year of action due to a serious knee injury sustained in an April 2018 League Two fixture with Colchester United.
Imps’ boss Danny Cowley has declared that he won’t sit down with the defender until later in the summer, after a specialist has given further updates on Habergham’s recovery progress.
And that is where the Mariners can step in for the 27-year-old. Following over 12 months out of the game, Habergham is unlikely to be first-choice left-back at Sincil Bank next season, especially after the Red Imps’ promotion to League One.
The former Braintree man will be eager to make up for lost time on the field next season, if he is given the all-clear, and that could pave a way for a move up the A46.
Mariners’ boss Michael Jolley is eager to strengthen the left-side of a defence that saw Andrew Fox and Paul Dixon depart midway through the season, with Swedish left-back Sebastian Ring arriving in January, but not being fully involved, and Luke Hendrie, Reece Hall-Johnson, Martyn Woolford and loan man Joe Grayson all playing out of position to plug the gap.
However, Jolley is unlikely to take a gamble on the player unless he guarantee full fitness heading into pre-season, especially given the well-publicised budgetary constraints at Blundell Park.
With that in mind, any move for Habergham may come in the longer-term or even be a loan switch, if the player signs a new deal at Sincil Bank.
The Rotherham-born defender came through the ranks at Norwich City, before joining Tamworth and Braintree. He followed the Cowley Brothers from Cressing Road to Lincoln in 2016 and was a key member of the Imps’ squad that won the Vanarama National League title in 2017, and the following season’s EFL Trophy.