Highly respected goalkeeper Paul Farman started his career at Newcastle United before a move to Blyth Spartans. Following this he had brief spells at Monkseaton Academy and Washington before a 2009 summer move to Gateshead.
During a 2011/12 loan spell to Lincoln City, Farman made a total of eight appearances with two clean sheets. But the shot stopper had to return up North due to an unfortunate groin strain.
He made a permanent switch to Sincil Bank in May 2012 and after an impressive performance in his first season, the goalkeeper signed a two year contract which runs out at the end of the current 2014/15 season.
This is your third season since joining Lincoln City initially on loan in 2011/12, how do you feel the club have progressed in this time?
PF: It has been a slow progress so far but as a individual I feel I have come far, but now with new management who have taken over I feel this club can go far. They have high ambitions and targets and I feel progression is possible under them.
How did your loan at Boston United help with your development as a player?
PF: It did help as I came into pre season very fit after a hard summers training after injury, I needed games and I wanted to play for somebody local. Boston was ideal for me, I really enjoyed my time there, they have a great bunch of lads and staff there! I honestly think if I wasn’t recalled I would still be there now! But I got recalled by Lincoln and every time I put on that shirt and walk onto that pitch I get a great feeling from Sincil Bank.
Where do you see Lincoln City in five years?
PF: I honestly think Lincoln City will be back in the Football League! I think it is a must for the club really and great for the city as it has all the potential to be done.
If you weren’t a footballer what profession do you think you would be in?
PF: If I wasn’t a a footballer I really don’t know what I would be doing, probably something in the fitness industry or I would like to train to become a Body builder as mad as it sounds, it really takes dedication to do that and I would like the test myself. Or another option would be to work offshore on the oil rigs!
Following Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Conference struggler’s Welling, how do you think the team will perform against Alfreton on Tuesday?
PF: It like any other game after you have lost, as a team you really want to bounce back with a good performance and get three points!
How did you feel during Nick Townsends’ spell as first team goalkeeper?
PF: As I have done before in my career I was let down when he was brought in but I was willing to fight for my place and get my head down! We were good pals and it was a good healthy competition between us, we really did push each other on in training, it was great banter and he is a top lad.
Since returning to number one, how do you think you could you improve your game?
PF: I like to analyse my game after previous games and watch it back to myself. That Is how I work on things I think I need to Improve. It helps a great deal watching it back! I am my biggest critic and most harsh one but I think that is a good thing.
What is your most proudest moment as a Lincoln City player?
PF: Quite possibly the first league game when I walked out at Sincil Bank after signing my contract under (David) Holdsworth.
What is your biggest achievement as a Lincoln City player?
PF: It was a great achievement to get back from my injury and get my number one spot back after the injury and hard times.
You’ve seen a lot of players come and go at Sincil Bank, who do you think has gone onto become the best player since leaving?
PF: When Vadaine (Oliver) came and signed for us I always thought he would do well in the game. He scored goals every time he played and is a very physical lad, players like him get moves and he is still playing in the Football League, well done to him!