Grimsby Town loan signing Scott Neilson in frame for Luton clash
SCOTT Neilson will go straight into the Grimsby Town squad for tomorrow night's crunch clash against Luton.
The Crawley Town winger has completed a 93-day loan deal and will train with his new team-mates for the first time today.
And after successive promotions with the Red Devils, Town joint boss Paul Hurst feels Neilson, pictured, will be a fantastic addition to his squad.
"Scott's a winger and, although he's right-footed, he has played quite a bit on the left and can operate on either side," Hurst told the Telegraph.
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"He has got a bit of pace, and obviously knows the league having won promotion from it – he is just what we've been looking for.
"From speaking with him and his agent, he's obviously not had as much game time as he would like, and hopefully coming here will allow him to show everyone what he can do.
"From what we've been told, he's a lively character, but ultimately it's about him coming in and getting minutes under his belt.
"Players are always going to be far happier when they play – that's human nature.
"He'll go straight into the squad for tomorrow night's game and we'll make a decision on whether he starts or not – but he will definitely be involved in the 16."
After making more than 30 appearances for Crawley last season, Neilson's first-team opportunities have been restricted to the bench in League One this campaign.
And Hurst concedes it has been a frustrating wait to for him and co-manager Rob Scott to get their man.
"He's been involved on the bench at Crawley and played in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy recently against Gillingham when he scored," he added.
"It took longer than we envisaged, and had hoped, to get a winger – Scott's one that we've been trying to get in for a little while.
"But we've just had to be patient and wait a bit longer for him to become available.
"It gives us a lot of options and it's up to who's on form to fill those spaces. Joe Colbeck's another that's played on the left, so it's between those two, Frankie Artus and Louie Soares for that spot."