Former Port Vale trialist among 11 released by League One Lincoln City



Former Port Vale trialist Neal Eardley is among 11 players who will be leaving Lincoln City at the end of the season.

The Imps have published their retained list although League One clubs are still deciding whether to try to finish their season on the pitch. 

The Imps had until June 23 to issue the list – after the deadline was put back from the third Saturday in May – but the club didn’t want to leave players waiting that long.

Eardley played in pre-season friendlies for the Vale in the summer of 2017 as the club was preparing for a first season back in League Two following relegation. The Wales international full back played for Vale at Newcastle Town as he looked for a new club having finished the 2016/17 campaign with  Northampton Town.

He had started his career at Oldham and made more than a century of appearances for the Latics. He also played for Blackpool, including 31 appearances when they were in the Premier League.

He moved on to Birmingham City in 2013 and spent three years there before spending the first half of last season at Hibernian.

Vale were looking for a right back after Ben Purkiss rejected a new deal and instead signed for their League Two rivals Swindon Town.

But Eardley instead signed for Lincoln, was named player of the year in his first campaign, and has gone on to play 140 games over the last three seasons, helping the Imps win promotion from League Two.

The 31 year old was among the players thanked by his efforts by the Imps as they commented on their retained list.

They said: “To Michael Bostwick, Neal Eardley, Lee Frecklington, Tom Pett, Jason Shackell and Josh Vickers – thank you for being an integral part of one of the most successful periods in the club’s history and helping to create such wonderful memories.”

The full list of players released by Lincoln is: Charlie Andrew, Michael Bostwick, Neal Eardley, Lee Frecklington, Akeem Hinds, Jamie McCombe, Tom Pett, Jason Shackell, Alan Sheehan, Grant Smith and  Josh Vickers.





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