Drewe Broughton is a man who may not necessarily have inspired the faithful too much when they first heard of his signing, but who may just end up part of the fabric at Sincil Bank.
Broughton has been around a lot and the ‘performance’ that sticks in the mind was a game on a Good Friday night several seasons ago at Rushden and Diamonds. There was a good turn-out of Imps no doubt keen to have a look at a relatively new stadium. It certainly was impressive.
City were getting the run around from Rushden and were behind and even though it was the first half were undoubtedly going to be beaten when Drewe, playing for Rushden, got himself sent off.
City got back in the game and won. At that time,signing him would have been deemed an unwise move. Fast forward a number of seasons and sadly departed managerial legend Keith Alexander tried to sign Broughton on loan to give the forward line some muscle.
Broughton said he would not come as he was unfit and couldn’t do a good job for the team and didn’t want to use a loan just to get fit. From that moment on this City fan had a lot of respect for the man.
Lincoln did eventually sign Broughton on loan last season and his arrival coincided with a decent spell of results. City fans will be hopeful that his permanent signing will herald a similar spell and provide a much needed outlet and the ability to hold the ball up, something sadly lacking last season.
To this writer’s untutored eye, Drewe Broughton is a changed man, there’s a certain knowingness about his play and he largely managed to avoid the attention of referees when on loan. That and his undoubted energy and application should see him become a firm favourite at the Bank.
Perhaps Broughton will find a home for his restless spirit at Sincil Bank and take his place among City legends who, not necessarily the most technically gifted of players; nevertheless find their way into the hearts and minds of the supporters with performances of grit and determination that so encapsulate the trials and tribulations of supporting a lower league club.
*Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.