Grimsby Town joint boss Rob Scott tips Aswad Thomas for big things
GRIMSBY Town’s bosses are tipping Aswad Thomas to play at a higher level – ahead of the full-back’s return to his old stomping ground tonight.
Thomas is set to visit former club Braintree Town (7.45pm) for the first time this evening, following his move to Blundell Park in the summer.
Since making the move north, the 23-year-old, has been in sparkling form and Scott says that the former Charlton trainee certainly has the ability to play at a higher level.
But, he insists the aim is for Thomas, and the rest of the ambitious squad, to achieve that goal with Grimsby Town this season.
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Speaking ahead of the Mariners’ trip to Essex tonight, Scott said: “Aswad has done really well this season.
“He started extremely well and then he had a period where he dropped below the exceptionally high standards he sets for himself.
“But he’s come back and he’s doing extremely well for us again.
“Like many other players in the team, he’s a conscientious player who really wants to do better in his career and wants to play at a higher level and they’ve all got the capability to do that.
“His attitude is first-class – he’s always asking us what he can do to do better and he’s working on things constantly. I’m really pleased for him because, like the rest of the lads, he’s really bought into what we’re trying to do and following it to the letter which is good to see.”
Scott continued: “The idea was always to bring players in who are capable of playing at a higher level.
“If we’re fortunate enough to get to where we want to be as a club, we know that the players can make the step-up.
“That’s the aim for all the players.
“If we achieve what we need to achieve, they’ll be able to fulfil that wish to play at a higher level with Grimsby Town.
“But there is a long way to go yet and they need to keep persevering and if they do that, those good things will come to them.”
As someone who enjoyed a playing career that saw him appear for ten different clubs – Scott was no stranger to facing his former employers.
And while he acknowledges that playing against Braintree will make it a special evening for Thomas, he says it will not affect the Londoner’s approach to the game.
He continued: “While it will be a special night for him – because he’s going back to his old stomping ground – it will still be business as usual for him.
“It won’t be any different – he’ll just go out and enjoy himself and play his football.
“I played against former clubs a couple of times in my playing career – I remember playing against Sheffield United for Rotherham and scoring – which is always nice.
“But for me, I never looked into it too much – if I did, with the amount of clubs I had I’d be thinking about it every other week!
“Sometimes it can get to players, but not for someone like Aswad – he’ll treat it like any other game and concentrate on playing and helping us to get the right result.”