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Josh: I enjoy it here and we are all in it together

25 April 2019

Josh Vickers revealed that the togetherness of the players, staff and fans was one of the key factors behind wanting to extend his stay at Sincil Bank.

The 23-year-old put pen to paper on a new contract on Wednesday, keeping him with the Imps for a third season following his arrival in 2017.

The former Arsenal youngster hailed the "community feel" as one of the key reasons about his decision to extend his contract.

"I enjoy living here. I enjoy Lincoln, I enjoy working under the staff here and we’ve got a great bunch of lads at a club that’s moving in the right direction and I just want to be part of that as much as I can," he said.  

"One of the biggest things though is the fans. To be part of this here, is like being part of a massive community with them.

"We are all as one and they play a massive part in getting players here and of course players staying here."

Josh praised his team mates and City's backroom staff who he has worked closely with over the last two seasons, including summer arrival, Andy Warrington.

"I enjoy working with the boys here, we are a down to earth, honest bunch and there is so much chemistry and we all get on," he added.

"It’s easy to say it but you want to come in and work every day and that’s because of the group, and of course because of Andy (Warrington), the gaffer and Nicky. We all bounce off each other."

The former Swansea City 'keeper will be part of the first City squad to play in the third tier this century, with this season's triumph being the Imps' first Football League title since 1976.

"It’s my first promotion so first as a champion and I think all the boys would say we all did what we set out to achieve," Vickers said.

"It was very clear that it wasn’t just about getting promoted the longer it went on with us being at the top.

"Promotion was great, as a group it meant a lot but then meant much more to win it. 

"It’s been a fantastic journey, and although I wish I could have had a little more of a part to play, I am proud to be able to have contributed as much as I did."

Vickers' first game in City's number one shirt came on the opening day in the 1-0 victory at Northampton, where numerous fine saves, ensured an opening day three points.

"The start of the season was perfect, I couldn’t have asked for that game to work any better. I worked so hard to get back into the side and I think that was the icing on the cake," Josh said.

"I’ve never had a game like that, when you can get games like that. A lot of things hit me and I was in the right place, but I suppose that’s what we train so hard for.

"That is probably the best game I’ve played and would be hard to top that."

Although injury prevented Vickers playing in City's first ever game at Wembley Stadium in 2018, he ranked that day as memorable day in his career.

"Getting into the play-offs and getting to Wembley with 30,000 fans there although I wasn’t playing at the time is something that I’ll never forget," he said.

"It’s something that I’ll always hold close to me. It was a good year for me, I was pleased I’d played as many games as I did." 

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