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Jake Sheridan predicts fitness will be key to Lincoln City's promotion push

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: July 09, 2012

  • In training: Jake Sheridan, left, Paul Robson and Nicky Nicolau.

  • On the run: Jake Sheridan, Brad Barraclough and Ashley Westwood do some light ball work

  • Jump to it: Adam Smith and Alan Power hop to it

  • Laying down the law: David Holdsworth dishes out the instructions to his players

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Jake Sheridan has revealed super sharp fitness and an impregnable team spirit will see Lincoln City produce a vastly-improved campaign.

The former Notts County midfielder believes the Imps can contend for the Blue Square Bet Premier promotion spots but that consistency is the aim of the game following two torrid years for the club's supporters.

The players have been back in pre-season training for the best part of a week and Sheridan says fitness levels are already soaring.

"I am always a bit nervous ahead of that first lot of running in pre-season but it has gone well," said the 25-year-old.

"It is well known that Lincoln no longer have a big budget to play with but my view is that team spirit and good fitness levels more than make up for that.

"When you have those two qualities, the budget is not essential. It's not all about money.

"Our aim is to be the fittest side in the division. If we do that then we have won half the battle. The fitter you are physically, the fitter you become mentally late on in games as well. So far we have been doing running, running and more running.

"We have done a bit of spinning in the gym too.

"The ball has also come out a few times and that has kept it interesting.

"The new players have settled in very well and we can't wait to get going – there is a real buzz around the place."

The ex-Eastwood Town and Tamworth man revealed Imps chief David Holdsworth played a key factor in him signing a one-year deal with the club at the end of last term.

"David is a great manager and he makes a player feel wanted," he continued. "He showed faith in me and I want to repay him.

"He has said he wants me to score a few more goals from midfield and that's the aim next season.

"I remember last season when my son Theo was born premature. He was hospitalised for four weeks and Dave was so understanding and gave me time off.

"It's that kind of thing that makes an impression on a player and makes you want to play for the manager.

"The backroom staff were always asking how the baby was and that tells you a lot about the club."

After only just escaping relegation last season, Imps fans will appreciate a solid campaign this time around.

"Lincoln City are a big football club and if we start winning a few matches then there is the fanbase for big crowds.

"We will want to go into every game looking to win it, so who knows, after Christmas, we may be in a position where we can challenge.

"But a solid, consistent season, with a decent cup run in between, would be great. We need to do something for the fans to get excited again.

"We don't want to go into the season saying we will settle for mid-table because we have a good bunch of players with a very determined manager.

"Winning breeds confidence and we can go as far as we want if we put our minds to it.

"For me, I just want to repay the manager for putting faith in me by being a regular starter and scoring or assisting with as many goals as I can."

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  • MacImp  |  July 11 2012, 6:52PM

    I'm not a fan of DH but he is our manager and we have now to give him a chance with his own squad. We need a better season. The pressure is on or we could have the annual change in October.

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  • OldLincolnia  |  July 11 2012, 3:37PM

    It could be worse. We used to get this sort of utter nonsense in the Echo six days a week.

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  • Sweepclean  |  July 10 2012, 8:34PM

    Hi Snoddy If we can encourage the fans back to the Bank and also get money in from other money spinning ideas then possibly he won't have to use his revolving door system this season as he did last season. But if he does let's hope it keeps us going forwards and upwards

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  • snoddybag  |  July 10 2012, 6:59PM

    The only thing that bothers me about David Holdsworth is that if he adopts the revolving door policy as he did last season.

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  • mattyimp80  |  July 10 2012, 4:32PM

    " lillyandbill " WOW!! Shock horror the club needs investment! thanks for that piece of valuable information, who doesn't know we need fresh investment ? We started to get in this mess with the appointment of Chris Sutton, appointing a manager with no managerial experience and letting him be unsupervised with the contracts he gave out to players in terms of wage and length. So come on oh wise one lets hear a shortlist of managers who you think would do a better job than DH. Have you actually been down to the ground and seen how DH works with the players in training sessions ? I have a couple of times last year and went down for half an hour today. It's obvious the guy is passionate about the job he is doing in extremely difficult circumstances. You can't judge him on last season, he came in and with a remit of staying up, we stayed up! and had to totally reshape the squad that Tilson had assembled with transfer windows he did ok in my opinion. This season i'd be happy with mid-table and see us making progress on the field. Lets have these managers you'd employ if you was chairman Mr lilyandbil and your not allowed to use GOOGLE either lol! As to your " "Iv'e supported the Imps for 57years " please read the paste below because how can you be a CODHEAD through and through but support the mighty imps ? Just like your views you are full of poo! OVER AND OUT! by lilyandbill Monday, March 12 2012, 12:57PM "Foot note...I'm a cod through and through but my old man has supported the Imps for 53 years he would be devastated if you were relegated.....he might even divorce me......Well maybe another relegation it wouldn't be that bad for the club. lol"

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  • Sweepclean  |  July 10 2012, 4:14PM

    Hi Everyone Getting out of this league will not be quick and easy, it took York 8 years and up to now it's taken Mansfield 4 years and probably Wrexham & Luton somewhere in between. So I think patience is required and a gradual improvement season by season is what's necessary which hopefully by then we will have bigger support year by year which should put us in a better financial position and a stronger squad capable of getting us the promotion we all long for and desire. But there is no quick fix for this I'm sorry to say. So lets back the manager & the team we have and get down to Sincil Bank to support them each home game & hope we have a good season & finish mid table or above

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  • Reggie13  |  July 10 2012, 4:04PM

    Just to get the terms of the agreement clear, will that be Lilly and Bill doing the kissing on the centre spot, because if it is, I think it will bring in the highest gate of the season.

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  • eatmygoal  |  July 10 2012, 2:38PM

    "I see the rose tinted specs are out already" I see the rabid negativity that prevades a section of fans who would find fault in a 5-1 win is out already.

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  • nigelsparky  |  July 10 2012, 2:23PM

    In defence of Holdsworth Lillyandbill, he is a young manager, and believe me he is a hungry one too. You have to remember he came in with the club languishing near the bottom of the league. He also inherited a squad of players that was clear for all to see, weren't fit enough,and yes he bought in some players that weren't up to it , which he has acknowledged. He had to hit the ground running at more or less mid season when the damage had already been done. He did not come in armed with a magic wand!!! Although we all wish he did. This coming season however, he has assembled the squad and is currently preparing that squad for the season ahead. His squad. So lets get behind him and the team and judge him when the time is right.

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  • nigelsparky  |  July 10 2012, 2:05PM

    I'll hold you to that lillyandbill lol

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