Lincoln United have a glut of young players who are now first team regulars.

Whites’ boss Sam Wilkinson is the envy of many managers in having such a wealth of young talent on the books.

Two weeks’ ago the Ashby Avenue outfit persuaded defender James Blunden to put pen to paper and sign a contract until the end of the season.

Blunden represented Lincolnshire U18s and was part of the Grimsby Town Academy before joining United.

For someone who is only 19 years of age Blunden is an exceptional reader of the game.

What’s more he is learning much from playing alongside inspirational skipper Michael Jacklin.

Callum Ward can play anywhere in the backline. In fact he wouldn’t be out of place in midfield.

He chose to continue his studies at Bishop Grosseteste University rather than pursue a career in professional football with the Imps.

Lincoln City’s loss was Lincoln United’s gain. This season has seen Ward develop as a potential leader.

One of the brightest young stars in local football must be full back Luke Hornsey.

A very skilful and speedy wing back, Hornsey is impressive in defence and dangerous in attack. You just wouldn’t want to be marked by this young man.

He plays with intent and is always on the front foot.

Matt Cotton plays with the maturity of someone beyond his years. For creativity and guile there are very few players who can match him.

He scores goals, creates chances and works very hard at putting defenders under pressure.

Kane Hutchinson-Wilkes is the product of the Lincoln United U18s who at the tender age of 16 has shown an abundance of confidence and ability between the sticks.

A very bright future is predicted for this young keeper.

Harry Millard joined the Whites from Sleaford Town. He is a powerful midfielder who can score and hold the ball up well.

Finally to complete this batch of young talent you can find Jack Wilkinson who joined the Whites from Gainsborough U18s.

He is a hard-working forward with a great turn of pace.

The future of Lincoln United is looking very bright. The challenge of course is to keep this set of youngsters at Ashby Avenue.

Boss Big Sam Wilkinson is well aware of this.

I believe that with success comes commitment and the season so far has been a success.

I also believe these starlets can take their team to at least a play-off position come April.


Peter Hayward









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