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Lincoln City in loan move for Stockport striker Craig Hobson

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: February 07, 2013

Craig Hobson has joined Lincoln City on loan from Stockport County until the end of the season

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Lincoln City are set to strengthen their forward line by sealing a loan move for striker Craig Hobson.

The Stockport forward will sign a deal until the end of the season having been deemed surplus to requirements.

Holdsworth has decided to move for the 22-year-old as Vadaine Oliver is being troubled by knee problems.

The City chief is hoping Hobson can reproduce the kind of performance which saw him score against Lincoln in a 3-3 draw back in October.

"He has scored six goals this season, but a new manager has come in and he obviously does not fit into his plans," said Holdsworth.

"Craig has played lots of games for the club this season and his performance against us particularly sticks out.

"He was a real handful and I know Jim Gannon thought highly of him.

"With Vadaine struggling I needed backup and I am sure he will be a tremendous asset.

"We've signed him until the end of the season on a deal that is very good for the football club, and I hope that is proven on the pitch as well."

Hobson, who heads straight into the squad to face Dartford at Sincil Bank on Saturday, may not be the only arrival.

Holdsworth is desperate to add a defender having seen Chris Bush return to Gateshead earlier this week.

Midfielder Jake Thomson has also returned to Newport County, but the blow of losing him has been offset by Alan Power's return to fitness.

But it is the defence which is causing Holdsworth concern and he revealed how he had to scrap a friendly with Grantham in fear of injuries.

"I only have five defenders on the books," he said.

"Peter Gilbert has only just come back from injury, while Tom Miller is nursing a fractured thumb.

"I could not afford to risk playing a game, hoping and praying nobody would pick up another injury.

"I am desperate to add a defender and young kids are not what I am after.

"We need experience, but as I have said on many occasions it comes at a cost.

"Trying to find that at a price right for the football club is a real test, let me tell you."

Meanwhile, Lincoln fans have created a new fundraising group to help the club.

It is called 1884 Lincoln Independent and brings a variety of fundraising groups together under one banner.

Their first meeting is on February 17 and will take place at Ruston's social club on Newark Road and any interested Lincoln fan is invited to attend.

A year's membership for the group is adults £10, under-16s, over-65s and students £5.

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  • nigelsparky  |  February 11 2013, 5:24PM

    Are you talking about Peter "don't give me the ball" Gilbert?

  • franky68  |  February 08 2013, 9:06PM

    EYImp: could'nt agree more, and what will happen now Bush, Thomsom are gone. With Gilbert back Bush could have been a strong influence i mid-field. We'll have to see how it goes. come on boys

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  • EYImp  |  February 08 2013, 3:50PM

    I would have preferred a defensive midfielder as a priority.

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