Michael Appleton has hailed the impact Liam Bridcutt has made for Lincoln City since joining on loan from Nottingham Forest in January.
The 30-year-old spent the first-half of the season on loan at Bolton Wanderers, making 12 appearances during a injury-ridden spell with the Trotters.
But after spending the first five months of the season on loan at Bolton, Bridcutt moved elsewhere in January, leaving Forest on loan for Lincoln City for the remainder of the season.
Bridcutt has impressed since arriving at Sincil Bank, scoring one goal in four games and being brought straight into the Imps’ midfield.
The experienced midfielder looks set to play a key role in helping Lincoln steer well away from the League One relegation zone and into mid-table.
Speaking to Lincolnshire Live, Appleton has hailed the impact made by Bridcutt since joining in January, and has predicted that he will become a coach due to his ability to read the game.
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He said: “The biggest compliment I can pay Brids is that you’d think he was going to be part of the club for the next few years with the way he applies himself.
“The young players benefit from having him around as much as the staff do. The way he conducts himself, he looks like a captain, he speaks like a captain.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up becoming a coach when he finishes playing. He sees the game like a coach and thinks like a coach.”
Nottingham Forest continue to fight for promotion in the Championship – Sabri Lamouchi’s side sit fifth in the Championship and six points off the play-offs.
Lincoln, meanwhile, sit 15th in League One table, eight points clear of the relegation zone.
Bridcutt has been impressive since signing for Lincoln and has given them strength in midfield following the departure of Michael O’Connor.
He is at an age where he simply needs to be playing games and Forest can’t give him that, so Lincoln has turned out to be a good move for him.
It wouldn’t surprise me if he stays at Lincoln for good and Appleton looks to build the team around him.