Grimsby Town: New signing Joe Colbeck 'has hunger for promotion'
JOINT boss Rob Scott says that new signing Joe Colbeck shares the hunger of everyone at Grimsby Town for a return to the Football League.
As reported, the 25-year-old winger has signed a two-year deal at Blundell Park and will officially join on a free transfer from recently relegated Hereford United on July 1.
Scott said that there is “no hiding” the Yorkshireman’s desire to play league football once again, but added that they both believe that he can achieve that with the Mariners.
Speaking to the Telegraph after the move for the former Bradford City scholar was confirmed, Scott said: “We’re really pleased to have Joe on board.
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“He’s got over 200 league appearances under his belt and he is well established in the league above so we wanted to entice him to come to this football club.
“Unfortunately, last year, the club that he was at suffered relegation but, we watched Joe a couple of times and he was by far the outstanding player within that team.
“There is no hiding the fact that Joe wants to play league football again and we are hoping that he can do that with Grimsby Town.
“All the players that Paul and I will be bringing to the club want to be in the league. Paul and I want to be league managers and the fans want to watch league football – that is the aim of everyone at the club.
“When we first came to the club, there were plenty of players who had league experience.
“But back then, there was a little bit of trepidation about bringing in ex-league players to football club, because there was question of whether they saw this club as a bit of a cash cow towards the end of their career.
“I can certainly say now that the players we are bringing in have the right attitude and are of an age at which they have a lot to prove to themselves and possibly to other people.
“We know that the ethos of the players that we have at the football club is one of hard work and a desire to do better. We’ve brought in Andy Cook at 21 and now Joe at 25 – and the other players that we are trying to entice to the football club are of a similar age.
“That said, there probably will be a couple who are a little bit more experienced. I think it was evident last year that we needed that.
“But the players that we bring in have to have the right mentality and technical ability to move us forward, and Joe has that.”
Scott added that Colbeck’s arrival will also give the Mariners’ squad a necessary injection of pace that he and Paul Hurst feels was missing last season.
“Something that we felt we needed last season was direct pace throughout the team, and that’s exactly what Joe will give us” he said.
“He gives us that outlet that we’ve been looking for.
“Joe has pace and is very direct, so hopefully he can bring that end result for us in the final third and give our forwards plenty to feed off.”