Publication: Lincolnshire Echo.
Club: Lincoln City.
Key ins: Josh Griffiths, Lewis Fiorini, Chris Maguire, Teddy Bishop, Dan N’Lundulu, Lasse Sorensen, Hakeeb Adelakun.
Key outs: Jorge Grant, Harry Anderson, Zack Elbouzedi, Theo Archibald.
Reasons for optimism: A fantastic 2020/21 campaign which almost yielded a place in the second tier for the first time in 60 years. The team played some fantastic attacking football – it was just a shame no-one was in the grounds to see it live. An excellent manager in Michael Appleton, who remains at the helm after being strongly linked with West Brom in the summer. Appleton is also back at work after undergoing treatment for testicular cancer which is great to see.
Reasons for caution: With teams like Ipswich and Wigan set to be much improved, and the relegated trio of Rotherham, Wednesday and Wycombe looking strong, competition will be much tougher this time around. With that in mind, I hope there isn’t too much expectation on the team. Losing last season’s star man, Jorge Grant, was a blow too but the recruitment, on paper at least, looks impressive. There are a few injuries heading into the season which is a slight concern.
Predicted finish: 6th - a play-off finish this season would be just as impressive as last season given the increased competition.
Three to go up: Ipswich, Rotherham, Wycombe.
Four to go down: Cambridge, Fleetwood, MK Dons, Morecambe.
Hope for the season: Better home form for what I hope will be regular 10,000 crowds at Sincil Bank.