Grimsby Town: Mariners have 'strong budget' for new players to mount sustained promotion challenge
GRIMSBY Town managers Rob Scott and Paul Hurst will be armed with a competitive budget as they bid to put together a squad capable of challenging for promotion.
The hunt for new players will soon gather pace, and the Telegraph understands there will be few clubs in the Blue Square Bet Premier to rival Town's financial clout.
Mariners shareholder and figurehead John Fenty said the budget for players is "comparable" to previous years and that the club is "well equipped" to mount a serious and sustained assault on the top spots.
Mr Fenty said: "The managers have put proposals to us that involve a squad of 22 professional players – and we tend to subscribe to that.
Urgently seeking two / four bedroom properties for our lengthy list of possible suitable tenants with the lowest fees in town and excellent turn around rate for sourcing and managing.
Terms: Terms and Conditions Apply
Contact: 01472 355 553
Valid until: Thursday, June 20 2013
"There will be chopping and changing but the managers have some fresh ideas and I am very optimistic. The managers have a had a full year in this division now and they know the level and the players very well. They are hard-working and relentless in the pursuit of new players. I take my hat off to them for that. They have been going to game after game looking at potential targets."
While new players putting pen to paper on new deals may be some way off, Mr Fenty revealed early talks had already begun with "two or three" key targets.
He said the most sought-after players in the market place are likely to either be snapped up early in the summer – or right at the end, after they have waited for the best offer to come in for them.
"Often the best players will either sign straight away if there is a really good deal on the table for them, or they will play the field and wait," he said.
Mr Fenty added that he expects transfer activity to be mainly of the incoming variety from now on, and that there has been no interest from other clubs in acquiring the services of star striker Liam Hearn.