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Sam commits future to Imps

30 December 2021

City's promising young goalkeeper Sam Long has committed his long-term future to the club after signing a new contract until June 2025.

The 19-year-old Academy graduate has been a regular in the Imps' matchday squads this season, with five starts under his belt after an impressive debut in the win over Manchester United U21s in the Papa John's Trophy.
 
The potential of Long, who was named goalkeeper of the round after his clean sheet in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup, has been recognised by the Football Association having twice invited Sam to an England goalkeeping development camp at St George’s Park.

City's director of football Jez George said: “Sam is an exceptionally talented young goalkeeper who has progressed fantastically well over the last 12 months, culminating in his five first team appearances this season. He has outstanding attributes and is highly rated by manager Michael Appleton, goalkeeper coach Steve Croudson and all of the coaching staff.
 
“This contract allows us the time to develop Sam into a future number one goalkeeper for Lincoln City. The next part of that process will be finding Sam a loan at the right club for him to play at the highest possible level for the remainder of the season.”
 
“It is really exciting for everyone at the club, and particularly within the Academy, to know that we have a young homegrown goalkeeper of Sam’s potential and that we are committed to developing him into our future number one.”


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