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Lincoln sign Gibraltar international Scott Wiseman

Lincoln Red Imps have this afternoon announced the signing of Salford City and Gibraltar defender Scott Wiseman on a two-year deal.

Photo (C) Rough and Ready

Wiseman, who has played his whole career in England, joins Lincoln on a two-year deal after leaving Salford on a free transfer after the termination of the English League Two season.

The 34-year-old, who can play at right-back or centre-back, has 10 caps for Gibraltar, but hasn’t featured since a 6-0 defeat to Belgium back in 2016 – however, Wiseman, talking to the official Lincoln website, said: “Earlier this year I would have been playing for the national side again”, presumably referring to the cancelled March international friendlies against Malta and Liechtenstein. His return would give another option, and one with vast experience, to Julio Ribas side ahead of the upcoming Nations League.

Wiseman, on Lincoln’s official site, continued by saying: “I’m absolutely delighted to finally get things signed. After having countless conversations with the club about coming over, it was an easy decision for myself and my family to make.” With nearly 500 appearances in English football, from the National League to the Championship, the defender will add a lot of experience to the Lincoln team for the upcoming season.

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Lowe: ‘honoured to be managing such a great club’

Red Imps FC go into the first game of the season hoping to be able to improve on last seasons 6th placed finish. After a very busy summer that saw them become more active on social media, appoint a new manager in Garry Lowe and also make a handful of signings they will be hoping for more of the same this time round. Their first game sees them come up against FC Olympique 13 in a repeat of last seasons opener which saw Olympique win 3-1 goals from Lopez Lopez and Justin Santos double.

Red Imps team photo 2014/15

Red Imps team photo 2014/15

Last season was the strongest finish ever for Red Imps, they finished an impressive 6th, 10 points behind Gib Scorpions in fifth.Our reporter Adam Roberts caught up with Lowe as reflected on what transpired last season, “I only got involved last year as i was previously with Gib Phoenix but when I got there straight away the manager, at the time Nicky Consigliero let me do coaching sessions etc which was much needed. i think it shown last year the youngsters are progressing year by year as in the previous year we finished bottom with Cannons FC.”

End of July Red Imps appointed a new manager in Garry Lowe, with Nicky Consigliero dropping to coach with the help of Karl Valarino. On his appointment, Lowe said, “I am honoured to be managing such a great club it isnt quite the Premier but its such an honour when I see a player moving up or even onto Premier Football which is our main aim as a feeder club.

Dean Torrilla

This summers transfer window was by far one of the most busiest and exciting we have seen in Gibraltar, probably ever. Red Imps brought in a whopping nine players, from former Manchester 62 player Thomas Hasting to new-boy James Simpson, Lowe added, “We try to keep quite on social media etc when it comes to big news but we have had some great additions this year bringing in some great experience and also some future talent to watch out for which have come through the ranks at Lincoln, A big loss has been Dean Torrilla who has had promotion to the Premier squad but great to keep hold of others that were wanted by the first team.

With today’s fixture announcement, we can confirm Red Imps will start their season on the 22nd of September 2015 at 20:30. We got Lowe’s views on what Red Imps will be hoping to achieve this summer, “Our aims is as always to maintain as high standard of football as possible giving us a stepping stone for players coming through the ranks at the same time becoming a great bunch of family and friends.”


 

Football Gibraltar would like to thanks Garry Lowe for this time and wish him and Red Imps the best of luck for the future.