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Lincoln City to focus on attracting local investment

Chris Travers
Chris Travers became Lincoln City vice-chairman in June 2010

Lincoln City vice-chairman Chris Travers believes local investment is the key to the future of the club.

The Imps had been seeking new investors nationally and overseas, as well as from within Lincolnshire.

But Travers told BBC Lincolnshire: "We've begun to focus more on local interest where I think we've got a better chance of success.

"We need to attract more investment in the club and I think the best way to do that is to attract it locally."

He added: "I think anyone who would want to invest in a club like ours would have to have a vested interest or a love of the club, the city or the county and would want to put something back into it.

"We need investment at every level. The board of directors are also fans and we've been able to invest in the club to a certain extent, but we're not in a position to make an investment at a level which would make a significant change."

We will talk to anyone who will bring investment to the club on the right basis

Lincoln City vice-chairman Chris Travers

Travers, who became vice-chairman when Bob Dorrian stepped up to the post of chairman in June 2010, admitted that a combination of poor attendances and the Imps' position at the bottom of the Football League did not help matters.

"We have to provide a reason for supporters to come and watch us but at the moment we're not, and there's no point in pretending otherwise," he said.

"We haven't been giving the public what they deserve. We have to stabilise things to the end of the season, and I believe Steve Tilson and Paul Brush will then build a squad and a team next year which will excite the fans."

But Travers stressed that the Lincoln City board were still open to overseas investment in the club.

"We have to look at every possibility. We are still talking to people abroad and we will talk to anyone who will bring investment to the club on the right basis.

"If that means relinquishing control of the club, for the right reasons and to the right people, I have no problem with that."

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