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Akinde: It's a club moving in the right direction

6 July 2018

John Akinde believes that he is moving to a club that's going in the right direction following his arrival at Sincil Bank this afternoon.

The 28-year-old has scored 25 or more goals in three of his last four seasons, having arrived at Barnet in the summer of 2014.

He becomes the fifth summer signing at Sincil Bank, following the arrivals of Bruno Andrade, Harry Toffolo, Grant Smith and Michael O'Connor, and will join up with the squad on Monday as they return from the pre-season camp.

"The club is on the up, did really well last year and was unfortunate in the play-offs. We're going in the right direction and it’s something I cannot wait to be a part of," Akinde said.

"I had a great time at Barnet, and it went very well for me. We got promotion the first year there, I scored the goals thast I did and the fans were always good to me as well."

The big centre forward gives Danny Cowley another option in the final third of the pitch, and Akinde sees his qualities bring plenty to the fold.

"I like to see myself as an all-rounder, I try to hold it up and also get in behind. I like to try and score as many goals as I can, get myself into the positions to give myself the best chance to score goals," he added.

Akinde is familiar with the City supporters, and is a name that will be remembered too, having come up against the Imps on numerous occasions, but more recently giving Barnet the lead in a 1-1 draw at the Hive Stadium last season.

"I've played against Lincoln before so I know how great the atmosphere is, which was a major attraction for me," Akinde said.

"Having so many fans to support the club means a lot, especially as a footballer. To hear them get behind the team is what’s needed."

Akinde will make the move north to begin life in his three-year deal with the Imps, along with his family.

"It’s always a difficult decision to move the family, but after having a look around the City it feels like the right decision," he said.

Akinde will get a taste of the Sincil Bank atmosphere on Tuesday night in the first pre-season friendly against Norwich City. Click HERE to purchas tickets.

He concluded with a message for supporters: "My message to the fans is to get behind the players, I’m here to drive the team forward and score goals." 


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