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Winger Adam Smith on verge of signing for Lincoln City

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: June 21, 2012

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David Holdsworth is close to landing one of his top transfer targets by swooping for the highly-rated Adam Smith.

The Echo understands the Imps chief is on the verge of agreeing a deal for the winger who is currently a free agent after leaving Mansfield Town.

The Echo revealed last month how Holdsworth was keen to land the 27-year-old, but said he would have to take a pay cut if he was to join the club.

But after extensive talks with the Huddersfield-born wideman, who spent a month on loan at Lincoln in 2008, it appears his charm offensive has finally paid off.

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Barring any last minute U-turns, the Echo believes a deal could even be agreed today which would represent a considerable coup.

A number of clubs from the south had shown interest in Smith, but his desire to stay in the north of the country meant they were ruled out.

The fact Holdsworth and Smith have worked together before has also been a significant factor in negotiations.

Under Holdsworth's tutelage, Smith became one of non-league's most exciting wingers and in 43 appearances for Mansfield he scored eight goals.

However, Stags boss Paul Cox, whose side lost out in the play-offs, wants to rebuild his squad and Smith was one of the casualties.

Should he arrive at Lincoln, Sincil Bank will be familiar to him after playing four games on loan at the Imps four years ago.

Then-Imps boss Peter Jackson signed him on loan from Chesterfield and he made an instant impact on his debut setting up a goal in a 2-0 win against Rochdale.

Smith has enjoyed spells at Gainsborough Trinity and York, the latter paying £5,000 for his services in 2009.

Should Smith put pen to paper he will become the club's sixth signing of what has been a promising summer of recruitment so far.

Holdsworth has already moved for goalkeeper Paul Farman, defenders Ashley Westwood and Andrew Boyce, midfielder Gary Mills and striker Rob Duffy.

Meanwhile, Lincoln City will hold a fans' forum tonight with Holdsworth and two Imps players on hand to answer questions from supporters.

The event, which is being held at the club's Trust Suite, will begin at 8.30pm. Admission is free.

It follows the Supporters' Trust AGM which is only open to members.

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  • nigelsparky  |  June 27 2012, 7:19PM

    Just very quickly eatmygoal and I don't want to dwell on the England subject again but are you watching tonight's game, as the pundits have just said exactly what I have been saying for the last couple of days.

  • DufferBadge  |  June 27 2012, 4:56PM

    Well said Nigel

  • nigelsparky  |  June 27 2012, 2:58PM

    Heckingtonimp, I, like every other decent person that uses these threads, would like to take this opportunity to send my sincere condolences to Mr Hill's family, at what must be a traumatic time for them. With regards to the latter part of your piece, I personally think it totally inappropriate to question the board of director's dedication to the club in the same post as announcing the sad loss of Mr Hill. I think it's a cheap swipe to be honest and totally disrespectful to the memory of Mr Hill.

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  • HeckingtonImp  |  June 27 2012, 2:36PM

    Please forgive me for using this site for my following post but I do feel it is worth publishing. Last weekend Ray Hill sadly passed away. Ray was a long time supporter of City and he put in countless hours of voluntary work at the ground. His main task was to clean the Stacey West Stand after every game, on his own, along with anything else he could help with. Unfortunately I wouldn't think his dedicated efforts were ever noticed by the Chairman and Directors while they sit in their ivory tower. I just wish all the Directors had the same dedication to the club as Ray had. Thanks from all the supporters. RIP Ray.

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  • eatmygoal  |  June 26 2012, 10:07PM

    Sad that he never quite reached his full potential. I always thought he would be championship at least.

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  • Resurrection  |  June 26 2012, 9:33PM

    I see Lee Beevers signed for the Stags today. Regular for Walsall last season, am sure he will do well at this level and at 29 a good signing I reckon.

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  • nigelsparky  |  June 26 2012, 9:14PM

    Eatmygoal just saw your post earlier " misplaced cross that hit the post" now I definitely know you didn't actually watch the game enough said

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  • eatmygoal  |  June 26 2012, 8:50PM

    Right, last post on this as a) I imagine people are getting bored and b) we are on a circle again. England are 6th because they have not lost a competive game in 2 years (repeated again) and beat Spain who are world cup and euro holder. We have since lost two friendlies in that time. And as I have said, world cups and euros are a maximum of seven games so not a full assessment. And draws don't count in knockouts where teams find themselves equal. I'll leave you to it. Enjoy watching the semis and final. Then back to the drudgerie of a BSP season

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  • nigelsparky  |  June 26 2012, 8:33PM

    Hey eatmygoal I have Just looked at the official world rankings. England are indeed ranked 6th. However 2 of the nations above us are South American and therefore are not in the Euros, which effectively means that we are, according to the rankings, the 4th best European nation, which means we should have got to the last 4 which inturn means we "underachieved" guys according to your logic anyway. oh and Italy are ranked six (6) places below us at 12th. Portugal are ranked below us as well at 10 with France at 14th. Just for good measure Argentina are also below us, with Brazil being just one place above us, and the Germans at number 3. Now we have never beaten any of these sides in a quarter final of a major tournament since 1966.The way the ranking system works means they are quite misleading, and with my knowledge of all the current squads of these countries, I wouldn't expect England to beat any of them at this point in time, which if you choose to go with the rankings, is quite strange as 4 of them are ranked below us and Brazil being just 1 place above us. And I'm not even going to count how many cups these nations have won since 1966 or indeed how many finals they have featured in but suffice to say we haven't won one not even got to a final!!!

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  • eatmygoal  |  June 26 2012, 8:21PM

    Parker and Gerrard were tired because Barry and Lampard were injured so they have had little chance for rest. As for marshalling, that is exactly the point. The defence marshalled them so they had to shoot harmlessly from a long distance. Or straight at Hart. Or a misplaced cross which hit the post Stats simply show the style a team played and how well they executed it. England played on the break and were there to stop Italy getting a meaningful chance. Italy play the possession game and so to this end they did well also. I am not struggling with anything. Again is just don't agree with you.

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