170628 Cowley On Knott

Danny Cowley believes Lincoln City is the club for Billy Knott to reach his potential in football following his signing for the Imps yesterday.

Knott returned on a one-year deal after a successful loan spell at the end of last season and the conclusion of his contract at Gillingham.

The 24-year-old central midfielder has a wealth of EFL experience as well as representing England across youth levels.

"Billy can be whatever he wants to be. He will be a top player," said Cowley.

"He's had an unbelievable football education, although he hasn't achieved what he's capable of just yet. But, I genuinely believe that in our environment he will."

The City boss is looking forward to what the midfielder will offer his side over the course of a full season.

"It's obvious that he loves his football and has a real passion for the game, which the supporters have already seen and he’s already made a real connection with them," Cowley added.

"Billy gives us that left-footed balance, which we were probably short of last season. We felt that we had a real influence on his fitness last year and if we can get Billy focused, we’ve got a real top player on our hands."