Lincoln City manager Michael Appleton has been seeking scoring options other than the services of Anthony Scully.
While Scully leads all performers with eight goals under his belt in 2021/22, the addition of January signing John Marquis has proved a successful one. Marquis arrived to the LNER Stadium from Portsmouth, having signed a short-term contract through the remainder of the season. While results seem to be coming slowly but surely, the attacking options have increased as the Imps have scored 11 goals through the last eight league games since the start of January. This includes a 2-1 win over league foe Morecambe a week ago at LNER Stadium.
At 33 years of age, Chris Maguire is a veteran in the Lincoln City squad. The Scotland international forward signed with Lincoln City from Sunderland in July 2021. He began his professional career with Aberdeen in his home country of Scotland, staying with the club from 2005 through 2011. He would play in more than 140 games at Aberdeen, scoring in excess of 15 goals with the club, before making a move to England and Derby County in 2011. While at Derby, he also was loaned to Portsmouth for a short spell before eventually landing at Sheffield Wednesday in June 2012.
During the 2014/15 season, Maguire registered eight goals for the club, going on to score more than 20 goals across all competitions in around 90 appearances. In 2015/16, Maguire applied his trade for Rotherham United and Oxford United (loan), later making a permanent move to Oxford in February 2016. While at Oxford, he scored four goals fon the way to promotion to Sky bet League One. A season later, he scored a career-high 17 goals, but declined a new contract in favour of a move to Bury in 2017.
In all for the 2021/22 season, Maguire has scored four goals and tallied five assists. He is averaging 51.5% for shots on target, while also averaging 0.86 shots on target per game. He is scoring at a 0.12 goals per shots on target rate.
A man who needs no introduction to Rovers fans as he sits among the most successful goal-scorers to ever turnout for the club. He signed in June 2016, having previously been linked with a possible move to Gillingham prior to his arrival in South Yorkshire. In what would be over 135 appearances across all competitions with Rovers, Marquis scored more 61 goals in league competitions.
He arrived to Lincoln City during last month’s January transfer window, signing a short-term contract with the Imps until the end of the season following 2 and half years on the South Coast with Portsmouth where he scored more than 30 goals.
The Lewisham-born forward began his senior career at Millwall, staying seven seasons with the club (2009-16). During his time at Millwall, he served nine (9) loan spells with seven different teams including Portsmouth, Northampton Town (three times), Cheltenham Town, Gillingham and Leyton Orient. His most successful loan season came in 2015, where he scored eight league goals in 21 appearances. Since arriving at LNER Stadium in January, Marquis has scored three goals in five games across all competitions. He is currently averaging 0.60 goals per game for the Imps, recording a 45.5% shots on target average. He is also averaging 2.20 shots per game.
Welsh international Regan Poole made a permanent move to Lincoln City in January 2021. He arrived to the Imps after spending just under two seasons with MK Dons, playing in 51 games and scoring three goals for the club.
Poole began his senior career in 2014, signing his first professional contract with Newport County and making his debut aged just 16. Impressing during his run in the team, the centre-back was snapped up by Manchester United. Poole was then loaned to clubs Northampton Town and Newport County, as he failed to register a game for United. Poole played on the international level for Wales, representing the U17, U19, U20 and U21 sides. He would come on to replace Chris Mepham for the Wales senior squad as part of the club’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Slovakia and Croatia in October 2019. As a mainstay in defence for Lincoln City, Poole has played and started in 31 games across all competitions this season for the Imps. He has scored one goal and turned provider for one assisted goal. He leads the squad with 41 interceptions in defence, and owns a team third-most 23 tackles won to go along with 28 deliveries into the box.
Republic of Ireland international Anthony Scully has been a proficient goal scorer for Lincoln City since his arrival to the club in February 2020. Born in London, Anthony’s father, Tony, played professionally for Crystal Palace, Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers. Anthony Scully joined the West Ham United Youth Academy in 2011, later inking his first professional contract with the Hammers in 2016. Internationally, Scully began his career with the Republic of Ireland U15 side, before switching to play for the England U16 team. In 2015, he would ultimately return to the Republic of Ireland and play for the U17 team. He has also represented the U19 and U21 sides. Although he would never feature for the club on the first team level, he quickly became a prominent member of the Lincoln City offensive attack after signing with the Imps. He would score his first goal for the club in his debut against Accrington Stanley. Since his arrival to the LNER Stadium, Scully has scored 22 league goals in 69 league games played for the Imps. This season for the Imps, Scully leads all players on the team with eight goals scored, adding a team-high six assists in the process. He averages 0.32 goals per game, while using a 0.62 goals and assists average per 90 minutes as well. He has a team-high 22 shots on target for the season. Scully was named the Sky Bet League One Player of the Month in September.