Oakes set to leave Lincoln


Peter Jackson's first signing Oakes has become surplus to requirements under current manager Chris Sutton. Photo: Lincoln City F.C

Imps midfielder Stefan Oakes is set to leave Sincil Bank after almost two years at the club.

Oakes, who has made just eleven starts in League Two this season, hasn’t played for the Imps since February 16th when he helped Lincoln to a 2-1 victory against Accrington.

The paperwork is now being completed so that the former Leicester City midfielder can leave Lincoln City.

Imps manager Chris Sutton has promised a summer upheaval at the club, and it looks like the procedure is beginning early. With Scott Kerr, Shane Clarke, Richard Butcher and Clark Keltie all seemingly ahead of Oakes in the pecking order for central midfield, Sutton has deemed the playmaker as surplus to requirements.

Oakes was ex-Imps manager Peter Jackson’s first signing at the club. He arrived after a three-year stint at Wycombe where he built a reputation for putting in classy appearances in the centre of midfield, as well as scoring from long range efforts at goal.

Before that, Oakes had short spells at Notts County and Walsall after beginning his career at Leicester City. He played at City for six seasons but managed only 39 league starts, forcing him to try his hand in the lower leagues.

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