Lincoln City have announced the signing of Manchester City midfielder Lewis Fiorini, on loan for the 2021-22 season.
The 19-year-old spent last season away from the reigning Premier League champions, with his first season-long loan seeing him make 32 appearances in the Keuken Kampioen Divisie for NAC Breda.
He helped the Dutch side to the Eerste Divisie playoffs, scoring and assisting once in the playoffs themselves, with a further five goals and four assists in the regular league season.
The Manchester-born Scottish youth international popped up with a goal contribution (goal/assist) every 254 minutes in the Netherlands, with a contribution every 135 minutes in the U18 Premier League before his loan.
Fiorini secured a five-year contract at the Etihad Stadium before completing his loan move to Lincoln, who are no strangers to a Sky Blue loanee.
Morgan Rogers won Imps fans’ hearts after joining on loan in January 2021, contributing every 206 minutes in SkyBet League One.
The winger’s six league goals included a crucial winner at Fratton Park as Michael Appleton’s side took three points from Portsmouth in late January.
Though Lincoln’s surprise promotion push fell at the final hurdle, with a play-off final defeat to Blackpool, they are surely in a better position to challenge for an automatic promotion place in the 2021-22 season.
Fiorini said of his move, “I’ve spoken with the manager, and he’s shown me some of the young talent that he’s worked with over the years.
“His plans along with Lincoln’s ideas really seem to suit me and I can’t wait to get going,” he said.
“Last year was my first season in professional football and I managed to settle down, break into the team and scored a few good goals too. I’m hoping to carry that on this season with Lincoln.”
The Imps’ first acquisition of the summer mentioned the influence his City team-mate had in his move to LNER Stadium.
“I’ve spoken to Morgan throughout the summer and as recently as yesterday.
“He was extremely complimentary about the club, he loved his time here, and only had good things to say.
“I’ve watched numerous Lincoln games and kept my eye out for Morgan last season.
“I remember the play-off semi-final match [at LNER Stadium] against Sunderland and the place was rocking.
“I’m really looking forward to playing in front of the fans.”
Lincoln City’s SkyBet League One season begins with a trip to Gillingham, with Fleetwood travelling to LNER Stadium after the Imps take on Shrewsbury Town in the Carabao Cup.
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