Grimsby Town: Jamie Green's target is a longer contract with Mariners
LEFT-back Jamie Green is happy to be staying at Grimsby Town until the new year but hopes he can remain a Mariner beyond that.
The 22-year-old is back from a knee injury that kept him sidelined for almost two months, just four games into his time at Blundell Park.
And after proving his fitness, joint boss Rob Scott revealed this week the youngster will get more time to earn a full contract, staying until January.
It's news that Green is naturally delighted with.
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He said: "I spoke to the gaffers and I'm happy with what we agreed.
"I'm here until January and we will take it from there.
"All you want in football is some security; it's the type of job where you are only going to get one or two-year contracts.
"If you are lucky, you get longer but it doesn't happen very often.
"If I can get something to the end of the season, that would be great. It's just nice to be back training and involved again.
"The target now is to regain full match fitness and then push for a first-team place again."
Green arrived at Town on non-contract terms in September and impressed in his first quartet of games before picking up the knee problem that began with a sore hamstring. That not only put contract talks on hold but also led to fears he may be out for a lengthy spell.
But the defender revealed a cortisone injection paid off and helped his recovery, and now he is raring to get back playing after coming through a practice match against Scunthorpe last week.
He went on: "It was a month out with a problem with my knee.
"I had a cortisone injection and it seemed to hold up all right.
"I played the friendly game against Scunthorpe and thought I did okay.
"It's a position I don't normally play in midfield, but it was just good to be playing.
"I've never had an injury before.
"It was frustrating for me to be in the gym for a month.
"There was a lot of inflammation that wouldn't go down – that's what the injection helped with.
"I'm glad it wasn't anything more serious because I heard that similar injuries to what I had have taken three or four months to get better."
Green has won one battle by regaining his fitness but he knows he faces another if loan youngster Conor Townsend stays beyond his initial month spell that ends after Tuesday's FA Cup replay with Port Vale.
Green has been impressed with the performances of his young compatriot.
The former Rotherham man added: "Conor has been doing all right so I can't just expect to come straight back in.
"I have to earn a place again.
"He's only 18 and done very well.
"He's come through the Hull youth set-up so you would expect him to have a bit about him and he does."
Whatever happens with regards Townsend, however, joint manager Scott is happy to have Green back available.
And even if the Hull teenager stays on, Scott says Green's versatility could even see both in the team.
He said: "We are happy to have him and now he's back fit we want him pushing to get in the team again.
"The good thing about Jamie is that he can play left-back, left-wing or left-side of a three in midfield.
"So he brings a few options to the table."
Town youngster Dayle Southwell has received some positive news on the injury front with scans revealing the fracture in his right foot as an old injury.
It was thought the teenager broke a metatarsal in a 3-0 friendly victory over Scunthorpe but may now be back in action sooner than expected.