Lincoln United's Ashby Avenue

Lincoln United have confirmed their retained list for the ahead of the 2024/25 season as they prepare for life under new manager Scott Hellewell.

The Whites will play at step five of the non-league pyramid for a second consecutive season, following play-off semi-final defeat to Skegness Town in April. Manager Chris Funnell subsequently announced he would be stepping down as manager, and has been replaced by the new management team.

On May 13, Lincoln United announced that the trio of Helllewell, Jon Taylor, and ex-Whites’ player Paul Grimes would take over. With the new staff having been in their roles for just over a month the club have confirmed an official retained list with some big names heading out the door.

There have already been a few departures confirmed by The Whites, most notably club captain Callum Foster leaving to sign for Cleethorpes Town and experienced defender Michael Jacklin heading to Grimsby Borough.

Now, it has been confirmed that a total of nine players will not be staying at Ashby Avenue next season, including regular starters Tobias Liversidge, Jake Park and Mitch Griffiths.

Full Lincoln United Retained list (subject to change):

Retained:

  • Jack Steggles
  • Evan Payne
  • Sam Swinn
  • Kallum Smith
  • Sean Wright
  • Pierce Hudson
  • Elliot Dye
  • Ted Gibbons
  • Leo Priestley
  • Harry Millard
  • Harvey Graves
  • Callum Chapman
  • Josh Parker
  • Lewis Smith
  • Jack McMenemy
  • Jack McGovern

Leaving:

  • Michael Jacklin
  • Callum Foster
  • Max Baker
  • Mitch Griffiths
  • Jake Park
  • Ify Ofuegbu
  • Tobias Liversidge
  • Billy Brooks
  • Josh Wilson

Work Underway for the 2024/25 Season:

Lincoln United's Gregg Smith
Former Gainsborough Trinity striker Gregg Smith has joined Lincoln United. Credit: Ed Mayes Photography

Speaking to The Linc, vice-chair Sam Wilkinson reflected on the retained list, and said: “While it’s sad to see some players move on for different reasons, we want to wish them all good luck at their next clubs. Their commitment to the club is very much appreciated from everyone.”

He added: “I’m really pleased to see the players who have agreed to stay. Lots of them played a huge part in our season last year and we are all looking forward to see the squad is take shape, and how the players will gel with the potential new signings.”

New manager Hellewell has already been busy in adding a new face to a squad which finished second last season. The club confirmed the signing of former Grantham Town, Sleaford Town and Retford United striker Gregg Smith on June 14.

As a new era begins there is undoubtedly more business to come from Ashby Avenue as the summer goes on and the Whites prepare for a promotion charge in the upcoming campaign.


Feature Image Credit: Ed Mayes Photography