Grimsby Town bosses 'have a Plan B for frontline' but hope Ross Hannah will sign up
ROB Scott insists Grimsby Town have back-up targets in mind if the deal for Ross Hannah falls through.
Hannah’s potential switch to Blundell Park currently hangs in the balance, with Scott admitting that things are at a standstill.
The Mariners are understood to have offered personal terms to the former loan star as well what Scott described as “very good remuneration” to his parent club Bradford City.
The joint boss maintains the decision now rests with both the player and his club.
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He added that Town are not prepared to “break the bank” to sign the 26-year-old and warned that the management duo are prepared to look elsewhere if necessary.
“It’s stood still as far as I’m aware,” said Scott.
“We’ve said all along that Ross has done well for us, but we’re not going to break the bank to bring him in.
“We have a budget, and it’s a good budget and we sit within a wage structure at this football club.
“But we’re not going to break the bank for one player when we need to strengthen with three.
“People will say ‘he’s done this’ and ‘he’s done that’ but by bringing one player in, you might leave yourself short in one or two other areas and we can’t afford to do that.”
Scott added: “We’ve made a very good offer in terms of a fee to Bradford and a good offer – which we feel is in line with the rest of the squad – to Ross himself.
“Bradford still haven’t come to us on a fee so if they were to turn that down, it wouldn’t go anywhere because we feel we’ve offered very good remuneration to them for Ross.
“They’re now saying there are other clubs interested, and we knew that. Ross has said that he wants to come to the club, but it always comes down to pounds, shillings and pence.
“There are other things in the pipeline and if that doesn’t drop, we hope that something else will.”
“It’s with Bradford and it’s with the player so until such time where we hear something back from them, nothing will happen but we’ll certainly be working hard on other things in the meantime.
“If it comes off, great. If it doesn’t, something else will,” he added.
Meanwhile, Hannah told expectant Mariners fans via Twitter: “Keep calm everyone, things will be sorted one way or another – it’s not always a quick process.”