Grimsby Town duo Anthony Elding and Louie Soares could be leaving club
ANTHONY Elding and Louie Soares could both be heading out of Grimsby Town – for contrasting reasons.
Joint boss Rob Scott confirmed that Elding handed in a written transfer request following Friday night's victory over Luton Town.
As reported, the striker has been a target for League One Preston North End and has become increasingly frustrated with a lack of first-team opportunities.
Meanwhile, Scott admitted that Soares has been made available for loan as the midfielder struggles to force his way into the Town squad.
"Anthony obviously doesn't want to be at the football club, which is a little bit disappointing because we ask everybody to fight for their place," Scott told the Telegraph.
"His head has been turned by his agent and he wants to move on.
"We're not about to drop everything and pander to the player – we've got to make sure it's right for the club and we get what we need out of the situation.
"Not only that, we need to get another player in, so that's what we'll be looking to do.
"We refused the approach from Preston because there was no financial remuneration – they just wanted to take Anthony and there was nothing in our favour to let him go.
"That was never going to happen. Since then we've heard nothing from Preston and not one approach from any other club.
"He's either got something lined up because he's discussed it with other clubs or he just wants to leave."
Scott was quick to stress that midfielder Soares' situation is very different.
"Louie's asked to go out on loan to get games," he said. "And I can understand it from his perspective.
"He hasn't had much game time and he's told us he wants to force his way into the team.
"So we've said we will circulate his name, solely to get him some games and get his confidence up, and then look to re-introduce him after a month away.
"Louie came back for pre-season and was looking good, but since then he's had limited opportunities and has only been involved on the bench at times.
"He got his chance against Nuneaton and that was a poor performance from everybody, which worked against Louie.
"That was tough for him but he wants to go out and play to get back into this team, and likewise we're not looking to push him out the door.
"We just want him to play some competitive football and be ready to come into the team when we need him."