Lincoln City have already lost one of their stars of last season to a side that they will come face-to-face with next campaign.
Terry Hawkridge, who scored a brace in the game that ultimately won the Imps the National League title, will be wearing the black and white of Notts County next season after turning down a new contract at Sincil Bank.
The winger was only one of eight senior players whose contracts reached their conclusion and after such a scintillating season, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Danny Cowley offered a new deal to all of them.
So far, Luke Waterfall, Paul Farman and most recently, Callum Howe have all committed to the club with full-back Sam Habergham, who still had another year left on his current deal, also penned a new deal.
Futures are still up in the air for Richard Walton, Alan Power, Adam Marriott and Jack Muldoon though and for the latter, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he becomes the second senior player to head for the exit.
Muldoon made the move to Lincolnshire in May 2015 after being released by League One outfit Rochdale and not only did he quickly become a regular in the Lincoln side but was one of the stand-out players of the 2015-16 campaign.
The forward provided brilliant support for fellow striker Matt Rhead in the final third whilst he was also flexible in his positioning, exceeding expectations of playing on the flank when needed.
Last season, however, told a different story. Muldoon found himself facing stronger competition, consequently meaning he spent most of the year watching on from the bench whilst even dropping down to the reserves on occasion.
However, when given the nod, Lincoln’s number seven was outstanding and showed the attitude of a true professional. Games against Solihull, Torquay and Solihull showed what an influential player he is and more importantly why he deserves to be playing League Two football next season.
The pace of the 28-year-old pace is something special and his footwork is the icing on the cake. Muldoon has an eye for goal and can run rings round opposing defenders.
With only three Football League appearances to his name in his time with Rochdale, it may take some time for Muldoon to really set the world alight in England’s fourth division. However, with game time likely to pose a struggle again for the forward, maybe fellow League Two teams should be on alert to capture his signature.
If Muldoon has proved anything in his time in the National League is that he doesn’t belong there.
There is still a chance he could put pen to paper on a new contract at Sincil Bank but if not, League Two sides must get ready to pounce.