League One outfit Lincoln City will be disappointed not to finish higher in the third tier this term after coming within 90 minutes of Championship football at the end of last season.
In fairness, they no longer have the likes of Brennan Johnson and Morgan Rogers at their disposal and this is why some weren’t expecting them to be in the promotion mix again during this campaign.
However, they weren’t exactly expected to be in a relegation scrap under Michael Appleton during 2021/22 – but that was the reality they found themselves in before a very slight upturn in form earlier this year.
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Managing to win at crucial times to steer themselves away from safety, the Imps will still be disappointed with the situation they find themselves in and in a bid to avoid a repeat of that next year, Appleton may want to recruit several players during the upcoming summer window.
This may have an impact on who will and won’t be remaining at the LNER Stadium beyond this summer period, with the third-tier club having a number of players out of contract at the end of this campaign.
Thankfully for them, one key man in Anthony Scully is set to remain at the club until 2023 with his contract not expiring until then. But in this piece, we’re looking at those who will be leaving at the end of this term unless their terms are renewed.
Starting with the defence, Max Melbourne is out of contract and after making just seven league appearances this term, he won’t exactly be at the top of Appleton’s list of players to deal with and it wouldn’t be a massive surprise if he was to leave.
Liam Bridcutt could be set to join him as another potential departure after being ruled out for the majority of the season with injury troubles.
Having the pedigree to be a valuable contributor to the Imps’ cause, it’s his fitness record that looks set to cost him in his possible quest to earn fresh terms at his current side because his lack of game time means he isn’t exactly providing value for money at this stage.
Conor McGrandles is one man who is more likely to earn himself a new deal this season after recording 37 league appearances during 2021/22, though the fact he hasn’t put pen to paper on a new deal yet may tell a story having previously been linked with Aberdeen and Hibernian.
And up top, John Marquis is a man who may not be short of offers if he departs Lincolnshire this summer, scoring five goals in 18 games for his current side and establishing himself as a real asset despite his side’s struggles and his own personal struggles at Portsmouth earlier in the campaign.
You would certainly expect him to be handed a new deal – but whether he will sign it or not is another matter. Getting him on board for the 2022/23 campaign will certainly benefit Appleton’s side though.