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Holdsworth ready to fight to keep striker Jamie Taylor at Lincoln City

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: August 30, 2012

David Holdsworth has stressed that he is determined to keep hold of star striker Jamie Taylor

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David Holdsworth fears teams will attempt to lure away star striker Jamie Taylor before the transfer window slams shut on Friday night.

The Lincoln City striker was the subject of a number of inquiries during the summer and he will have caught their eye again in the opening matches of the season with three goals from five games.

But Imps boss Holdsworth has declared that he is determined to fight to keep the talented forward at the club.

"There was a lot of interest in the summer about Taylor," said Holdsworth.

"But both the chairman, Bob Dorrian, and I agreed to keep him here.

"It has proved to be a good decision and I'm delighted with the start that he has made.

"I know other clubs will be taking notice after the start he has had, but I want to keep him.

"Jamie knows how much I value him and the rest of the team."

If Lincoln lost Taylor it would be a big dent in Holdsworth's plans after the club reluctantly parted with Sam Smith in the summer.

The striker was the Imps' top scorer last season and Cambridge United were rebuffed once, before the Imps finally allowed him to leave in a deal believed to be worth £25,000.

It was an offer the cash-strapped Imps could not afford to turn down and Holdsworth admits the transfer window set-up is detrimental to clubs like Lincoln.

Speaking in his column in the Echo this week, he backed Fulham boss Martin Jol, who called on the window to close before the start of the season.

"You want to keep hold of all players and get the best squad you can," said Holdsworth.

"If we lost anyone in our current position, life would be very tricky."

Holdsworth has boosted his midfield options with the signing of French midfielder Mamadou Fofana.

Fofana, 24, has played for CS Sedan, Olympique Noisy-le- Sec and La Vitréenne FC in France and has recently been at Swedish outfit Syrianska FC.

Holdsworth said: "Fofana has been training with us and impressed everyone in the dressing room.

"He is strong and can cope with the physical demands of the division.

"It is good to have him on board as he gives me another option in the middle of the park."

While Fofana has joined the Imps, Mark McCammon and Luke Daley left the club on Wednesday. The pair were on non-contract terms.

It is also understood that Lincoln are currently trying to come to an agreement to cancel Josh Gowling's contract.

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  • Sweepclean  |  August 31 2012, 3:58PM

    Well just lets hope Jamie Taylor is the exception to the rule

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  • Sweepclean  |  August 31 2012, 3:57PM

    Well just lets hope Jamie Taylor is the exception to the rule

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  • JonnyImp  |  August 31 2012, 9:53AM

    All footballers are mercenaries they will move if it presents a better opportunity to further their playing career,FACT.So if Jamie Taylor wants to move he will decide if an offer is made for him and allows him to further his career and fulfil his aspirations as a footballer which in most cases is a very short career conpared to most of us,and the board allows the transfer. Club loyalty is way down on the list when it comes to a reason to stay,a few bad games, a goal drought and the club will be hawking him around to every club this side of Beijing.This is football and Arsenal fans have already found this out this season. The club is in trouble and not exclusively for footballing reasons. If we loose players like Taylor its because we are unable to fulfil their aspirations here and until things improve both on and off the pitch we will have to put up with it.

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  • Sweepclean  |  August 30 2012, 11:22PM

    This is from the Jamie Taylor news above on the last paragraph It is also understood that Lincoln are currently trying to come to an agreement to cancel Josh Gowling's contract.

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  • Nodroggy  |  August 30 2012, 7:22PM

    Yes, precisely, Snoddybag - so we have to keep him as he is under contract. Why is he not playing? What is the point of paying him a wage if he is just wandering around the Echo stand on matchdays?

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  • snoddybag  |  August 30 2012, 7:08PM

    Can someone please come on here and remind me what Josh Gowling has done wrong?

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  • Sweepclean  |  August 30 2012, 6:59PM

    Or he might just sign another contract there is always that point to consider

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  • alltheseyears  |  August 30 2012, 6:49PM

    Have I got this right? If Jamie in his last year of contract we get nthing for him at end of season. We may have to sell him to get something or gamble that he can score regularly for us??

  • VulcanImp  |  August 30 2012, 5:22PM

    Should an offer come in for Jamie Taylor the Board would need to satisfy themselves tht the amont they were offered would compensate for the backlash that would follow from the City faithful. DH has made his position clear and should Taylor be sold he may feel that he is fed up of being asked to pull rabbits out of the hat in finding replacements at nil cost. To Bob and the rest of the Board think very carefully before you make your decision should the need arise as the wrong move would send a strong message to the fans.

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  • georgegordon1  |  August 30 2012, 4:22PM

    Don't be silly folks. Of course the Board don't want Taylor to leave the Club. They will fight tooth and nail to keep him. But when they DO sell him anyway, we will get an official statement saying something like: "we tried to keep him but he wanted to leave, so we had to let him go as it was his wish to leave." And a lot of you fools out there will believe them as usual.

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