Blue Square Bet
Published 18th July 2011
....he is in talks with a midfielder.
The Imps chief revealed he was hoping to sign the mystery man before tomorrow as he continues to reinforce his squad ahead of the new season. Tilson remained tightlipped when pushed on the player's identity but said he can play on the wing.
"I've said that I'm looking to bring in two or three more because numbers wise we need bumping up a bit," he said.
"We have plenty of forwards, but as you saw on Saturday we had to play Andy Hutchinson, who is a striker out on the right, because Francis Laurent had a knock.
"We are a little short but I am hoping to combat that by bringing in a midfielder before tomorrow.
"He is not the same as Francis Laurent or Gavin McCallum in the fact he is an orthodox winger, but is someone who can tuck inside.
"He can also play on either side which is a bonus."
The news comes after Tilson confirmed he will give Bradley Barraclough another chance to shine after the striker impressed in Saturday's 4-0 friendly win at Ilkeston FC.
The triallist created a goal for Gavin McCallum as the Imps strolled to their first success of the summer.
Jamie Taylor, Andy Hutchinson and Josh Gowling also scored in what was a stress-free afternoon against the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South outfit.
But it was 21-year-old Barraclough who caught the eye and the youngster, who has been playing for Bellarmine University in America, impressed Tilson with his attitude.
"Bradley is a local boy who has been playing football in America," he said.
"He's been at University over there and it was ideal to have a look at him.
"You shouldn't really turn down anyone looking for a trial, but he fitted the bill and has done well.
“He has a fantastic attitude, he worked hard and we’ll see how he does this week,” added Tilson.
“If he keeps performing like he did against Ilkeston then it’s going to make my decision an easy one.
“Bradley’s certainly level-headed, but he has a desire to do well.”
Meanwhile, Tilson said he was pleased with his new-look side’s first friendly win of the summer.
The Imps were rarely troubled and the former Southend boss conceded it was a useful exercise.
“The result is just a bonus and really the game was just about building up sharpness,” he said.