Grimsby Town: Disley in talks over move to Blundell Park
GRIMSBY Town have held talks with former Shrewsbury midfielder Craig Disley about a move to Blundell Park.
And there have also been discussions with young Peterborough goalkeeper James McKeown about a switch to the Mariners this summer.
Joint boss Paul Hurst has confirmed 29-year-old Disley is a summer target and the Mariners are waiting to hear back from the player released by the Shrews in May.
And having worked with 21-year-old stopper McKeown during a spell on loan at Boston last season, Hurst says he is another player interesting the club as their transfer dealings begin to hot up.
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It is understood Disley is mulling over Town's offer and both Hurst and Rob Scott hope to have an answer well before pre-season training gets underway next Wednesday.
But any offer to McKeown hasn't as yet been confirmed.
Hurst said: "Craig Disley is a player we have spoken to and he has good pedigree and we've made him an offer.
"He's the type of player we'd like at the club.
"We said we wanted a younger squad, but you need a sprinkling of experience in there – and Craig would be ideal for that.
"He did well at Shrewsbury and there maybe a few people who were surprised they let him go.
"He came to see us and I think he was impressed with what we had to say.
"Rob and I have told him we'd like a decision by the weekend and we are hopeful we'll get a positive one.
"He has a family so may be thinking about that, or possibly there are other clubs in for him."
Worksop-born Disley began his career at Mansfield in 1999 and spent five years at Field Mill before moving to Bristol Rovers.
Another five-year stint saw him make more than 200 league appearances for the Pirates before he moved to Shrewsbury Town in 2009.
His two-year deal with the Shrews ended this summer and he was released having not played since February following an injury-hit second-half to the campaign.
Meanwhile, McKeown could be the man to add competition for Kenny Arthur.
He kept 14 clean sheets in 18 games for Boston at the start of last season and Hurst knows what he is all about.
Speaking about the interest in the former Coventry trainee, Hurst added: "Like a lot of players we have worked with and know, we had a chat with James and there is interest there.
"We'll see what happens but we stated at the end of last season we wanted to add another goalkeeper to the squad to challenge Kenny Arthur."