Lincoln City chairman Bob Dorrian used last weekend's fixture to deal with the matter of the fee payable to Torquay United in respect of Mustapha Carayol.
Carayol joined the Imps in the summer having rejected a new contract with the Gulls who were disappointed not to retain the services of the speedy winger. Torquay maintained they were due a fee with Lincoln stating that they were content to go to tribunal confident that it would be decided in their favour.
Lincoln and Torquay played at Sincil Bank last Saturday and the Lincoln City board took the opportunity of dealing with this outstanding business ahead of the tribunal which was set for Wednesday.
Dorrian stated in Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Echo “The details of the deal will remain undisclosed, but I certainly believe it suits us for a player of his quality.”
Earlier statements from the club had indicated that City were of the opinion that they would emerge from the tribunal relatively unscathed but in view of the start Lincoln have made, having garnered no points at all so far in sharp contrast to the all action displays from the player, City have clearly come to the conclusion that negotiation is the way to go.
Presumably Torquay’s hierarchy are pleased to have this episode behind them having concerns of an entirely different nature at the other end of the table to Lincoln.
Bob Dorrian went on to advise fans through the Echo that Chris Sutton will be looking to recruit more cover for the squad through the loan market sooner rather than later.
City have made the worst possible start with league defeats away to Rotherham United and a home defeat to Torquay with an entirely predictable cup exit at the hands of Leeds United in between. Things don’t get any easier this coming weekend with a trip to Gillingham and some supporters are beginning to voice their concerns.
It has to be said though that a look at the fixture list prior to the start of the season made daunting reading with a series of tough looking games to be negotiated and, whilst it is not a desirable situation to be in, the management will surely have been anticipating a decidedly difficult commencement to the season.
Imps will therefore be looking forward to hearing some positive news on the loan transfer front and whilst goal scoring is a constant worry most supporters would be glad to see a steadying of the ship in defence with the addition of an authoritative central defender and far more cohesion across the back line. Fans wishes and the manager’s needs are not of course always the same.
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