It's shaping up to be quite the end to the season for Josef Bursik.
The Stoke City goalkeeper made six outings for Peterborough United in the latter part of the regular League One season. He helped Posh get over the line as they toasted automatic promotion. He joined as emergency cover following an injury to regular number one Christy Pym.
And now, he's unexpectedly set for a second shot at helping a team reach the Championship. Bursik, 20, has joined Lincoln City on an emergency loan after regular 'keeper Alex Palmer was crocked in training.
West Brom loanee Palmer, who has missed just two of the Imps' 58 games this season, suffered a head injury and is ruled out of their opening game in the play-offs.
Bursik could make his Lincoln bow tonight when Michael Appleton's side host Sunderland in the first leg at Sincil Bank.
It's thought that Palmer could return for the second leg at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, provided he passes the stages set out in the concussion protocol.
This represents the sixth separate loan spell away from Stoke for Bursik, who if he plays tonight will have represented four clubs this season alone – Stoke, Posh, Doncaster and Lincoln.
If he does help Appleton's side seal promotion he'll join a very limited band of players to toast promotion twice in one season.
Sébastien Bassong achieved the feat in 2014-15 when his parent club Norwich loaned him out to Watford. Both sides ended up earning promotion to the Premier League that season.
Bursik has one cap for England under-21s but has been a regular in recent squads.
The winners of the Lincoln-Sunderland tie look destined to face Blackpool in the League One final on May 30. The Tangerines were 3-0 winners at Oxford last night, as they bid to extend their outstanding record in the end-of-season lottery.
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