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David Holdsworth casts his eye over Dan Gray to bolster Lincoln City defence

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: July 19, 2012

Getting a chance: Dan Gray is on trial at Lincoln City

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Lincoln City may turn to former Chesterfield centre-back Dan Gray and ex-Imp Graham Hutchison to add much-needed cover to their defence.

The Imps have taken the duo on trial with both players due to be given a run out in last night's friendly against Worksop, writes Leigh Curtis.

Lincoln are desperately searching for a new defender after Ashley Westwood left the club fewer than 50 days after arriving to pursue a coaching role with Portsmouth.

After moves for Exodus Geohagon and John Dempster fell through because of a lack of funds, Holdsworth is exploring every avenue available to fill the void.

But after admitting experience comes at a price, Holdsworth may be forced to pursue cheaper and younger options.

And he says he has been impressed with 19-year-old Hutchison and 22-year-old Gray's contribution so far.

"It has been well documented that we are looking for cover in that area," he said.

"Dan has played a lot of games for Chesterfield and can play centre-back, centre midfield or right-back.

"Graham plays in the heart of the defence and I must say, I have been really impressed with what I have seen so far.

"They have trained very well and given a good account of themselves in the time they have been here.

"Both players have settled in quickly which is always a good sign, so we will just have to wait and see what happens."

Hutchison was sold to Birmingham by Lincoln in a deal believed to be worth £35,000 two years ago.

The Scot has just signed a professional contract with the Championship club, who may loan him out to gain some much-needed experience.

The Scottish youth international is tipped to have a bright future and Holdsworth may look to exploit his relationship with the Blues having played for them during his career.

Gray, meanwhile, has played 45 games for Chesterfield, but was released at the end of the season. He has also had loan spells at Macclesfield and Alfreton.

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  • franky68  |  July 31 2012, 10:20AM

    I think in who is to blame for the clubs position,both on and off the field lies partly with the chairman for firstly employing Tilson/Brush, when they were in dispute with Southend over Tilson's pay off. The same as happened here he would not step down, so the club had to sack him, but unlike Southend had two to pay off, and I bet those two wer'nt on peanuts. The other part to this story in my mind any way was that the likes of Scott Kerr, Joe Anyon, and young Hughton could have spoken out against the manager that I considered would and could have saved the club a great deal of money. Hughton did ok though went to Birmingham with his dad and has now followed him to Norwich.I always thought used correctly he could have made a good wing player. Anyway its a new season and we must look onwards and UPWARDS and support our manager and his team. I think its been difficult for him, he has improved things alot more than any of the last three Mngrs did in all there time at the club, he has had to be patient cash wise,don't rate him on his Notts County experience just what he is doing here at Lincoln City. And also discount comment on this site from interlopers from other clubs.Grimsby/Notts County. come on boys

  • DufferBadge  |  July 19 2012, 9:50PM

    mattyimp - you're right Sutton didn't have managerial experience when he was first appointed, in the same way Graham Taylor didn't. Hindsight is a wonderful thing As Eatmygoal has said Trew played a large part in Alexander going - and the bits I remember from the episode was much promise of full details of their investment plans that never materialised.

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  • nigelsparky  |  July 19 2012, 7:49PM

    I think if Chris Sutton had been kept on the Imps would still be a league side no question With regards to kern miller he should be playing in the football league ,however he does have one or two demons that he needs to overcome as it is these demons that are hindering his progress.

  • Sweepclean  |  July 19 2012, 7:07PM

    They are all smiles in this picture http://tinyurl.com/c5aeypu Only if we could have seen the future

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  • eatmygoal  |  July 19 2012, 6:43PM

    Or not with regard to think. Type in Sutton appointed and you get to see the lovely Steff Wright photo

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  • eatmygoal  |  July 19 2012, 6:41PM

    Not that I am sick and tired of people moaning without researching... MattyImp "One thing that has seemed to be forgotten by many people is this" is it who the chairman was when Sutton came in? Cast your eyes over this link http://tinyurl.com/c6p7yex It's the one that shows Dorrian wasn't chairman when Sutton was appointed, has a nice picture of Steff Wright there. In addition, Sutton kept us up when we looked to be going down and took us on our best cup run in a decade. That debate is old now, but just going back to Kern Miller. When he was let go to Barnsley it was used as a stick to beat the club with, now he is at a level below Lincoln. Seems to be forgotten now. Anyways, moving through the usual guff. "Why was RAY TREW not allowed to invest in this club when he showed a keen interest in doing so. I can not remember the reason Bob Dorrian gave at the time " Neither can I because he didn't give one as again he was not Chairman. But Trew was a key part of Keith going on "Gardening leave" which pushed him towards leaving and from then on we have had trouble. The Imps could not be Notts County, for a start the ground is about half the size and the catchment area massively less. In fact it could be questioned why are Notts County not doing better, perhaps the revolving door there for the managers has not helped? Mustanto saw Notts County as ripe for investment due to location, history and existing infrastructure. There is a good reason why people from abroad don't do the same with Lincoln City. "How has the guy stayed in for so long ?" You don't even know when he started. I am all for opposing views but at least have some sort of idea of what it is you are against. I don't mean to come across as harsh but if you were slating me for my terrible performance last season for my Lincoln Sunday League team I would feel a bit idignent as I didn't play all season. Then all we are left with in your point is crass comments about the fact he has made considerably more money than you or Malvern from efficiently managing a food production company.

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  • malvern2001  |  July 19 2012, 5:18PM

    Couldn,t agree more with Matty imp. I know that Ray Trew was prepared to put in a 7 figure sum of money and questions should have been asked ages ago as to why it did not come about. His consortium has wiped off 6 million in debt at Notts County- a Lincoln man rejected along with others by Turkey man and Steff Wright, who has now done a runner. Prepared to give Holdsworth a chance as he has no money and a thankless task, although not inspired one bit by what happened last season under him. Admittedly Dorian has pumped in money to save us from admin but he and the board made the decisions that got us there in the first place.

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  • mattyimp80  |  July 19 2012, 4:55PM

    " Redimps1 " I couldn't agree more with your comments regarding Bob Dorrian he has played a massive part in taking Lincoln City to where are now on and off the field. His decision to appoint Chris Sutton and give him a free reign on transfer deals and contracts, it was a shocking appointment when you think he had never even managed a club before. What did he see in him ? What made him appoint him apart from his success as a PLAYER and fair enough he did have a range of contacts like Martin O'neil when he was at Villa at the time. One thing that has seemed to be forgotten by many people is this. Why was RAY TREW not allowed to invest in this club when he showed a keen interest in doing so. I can not remember the reason Bob Dorrian gave at the time but was it because Dorrian would of had to step down and he didn't want to do so. The money thats gone in to Notts County and the job RAY TREW and JIM RODWELL has done at Notts County has been fantastic building a good squad of players like ex imps Jeff Hughes, Julian Kelly and Rob Burch. The club seems to be run well and efficiently from what I can see and just missed out on the play-offs last year and I expect them to challenge again this year. That could of and should of been the IMPS. Why wasn't he allowed to invest ? Dorrian should do what's best for this club and look to leave as soon as possible and get back to running his chickens! and not trying and failing to run a football club. How has the guy stayed in for so long ? DH has my full support an I will always support the players in a positive manner but the board need to look at themselves and take responsibility . DORRIAN OUT!!

  • redimps1  |  July 19 2012, 4:01PM

    Well i doubt this email will be allowed to stay on! but now we are a non league team we will remain so now for ever! SADLY ! I blame dorrian and the board for appointing a series of poor managers especially Sutton and Tilson and a whole host of financial decisions relating to matters on and off the pitch.Well paid players must take at least 50% of the blame also.! Discuss!

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