Grimsby Town bosses only interested in signing players hungry for wins
ROB Scott says he and Paul Hurst are only interested in signing 'winners' as they prepare to mastermind Grimsby Town's assault on the Blue Square Bet Premier this season.
So far, the joint bosses have drafted in Andy Cook, Joe Colbeck, Sam Hatton, Aswad Thomas, and now former Burton Albion frontman Greg Pearson, whose signing was confirmed this weekend.
The 27-year-old has signed a one-year deal at Blundell Park after being released by the Staffordshire side in May.
Of the new signings, both Hatton and Pearson have past experience of winning promotion to the Football League from the Blue Square Premier, and Scott says the squad that he and Hurst are assembling all share the drive to emulate that success with the Mariners.
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Speaking to the Telegraph after Pearson's signing was confirmed, Scott said: "We want winners at this football club and all of the lads that we've brought in since our time here are just that.
"We all want to do well and the players that we want all have to have that same mentality.
"We're gradually getting near to where we want to be. We said when we arrived that it was going to be a building process and it has been. We wanted it to happen for us last year but unfortunately it didn't turn out that way.
"We want it to happen for us this year and we'll be giving it our best shot."
On the signing of Pearson, Scott added: "We're delighted to have been able to bring Greg to the football club. He has a good record with Burton as he got promoted with them from this league and played for them in the Football League.
"For whatever reason last year, the manager he played under at Burton felt that he wasn't needed there and he went on loan to Crewe, who were pushing for promotion and eventually achieved that through the play-offs.
"He's also someone who knows this league, who has scored goals and had success in this league so there is no doubt about the quality that he's got. He's very mobile, quick, strong and he works the channels very well. His overall game is there. He can hold it up, win it in the air.
"He's still a good age with regards to his footballing career but he adds to the experience that we have through the spine of the team.
"We've got Anthony Elding at the top of the team, Craig Disley in the middle and Ian Miller in the back four, so we're just looking to add that extra bit of experience to help the younger lads in the squad who need leaders in there.
"We're still in the hunt and there will be a couple more in yet but certainly Greg adds that experience."
Scott went on: "People might look at the signing of Greg and be concerned that we've brought in another forward. Last year we had Liam and Anthony scoring and Rob Duffy contributing when called for off the bench, but we feel we need more strength in depth.
"I think, whoever you speak to in football, they will say that you can never have too many forwards and too many goals.
"It creates a bit of a selection headache for us, but that's exactly what we want. We want competition within the squad and we want players who will put pressure on others.
"What we have now is a real collection of good players in that area that can all be called upon at some point."