Grimsby Town ready for hectic transfer deadline day
GRIMSBY Town’s hunt for new signings could go right down to the wire, as Rob Scott insists: “I hate deadline day.”
The transfer window slams shut tonight at 11pm, leaving the Mariners unable to bring players in until February 8 – when loan deals are permitted once again.
With his side targeting league and FA Trophy glory, Scott admits he would like to strengthen the Town squad before this evening’s cut-off.
Co-manager Paul Hurst told the Telegraph earlier this week that there could be “two or three” new arrivals before the deadline.
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But with time running out, that target is looking increasingly difficult to achieve.
“We’ll be struggling to get two or three in,” Scott said. “We’ve had a look at a couple of players and asked the question on Tuesday but nothing has come back yet.
“So we’ll sit tight. Sometimes that means you can miss the boat, but the loan window opens again next week, so hopefully we won’t get any injuries in the meantime.
“We’re okay for numbers, but we’ll see what unfolds today.
“We’re not desperate to get players in and we have to be wary that we can’t get too many loan players in.
“And after our performance on Tuesday, people might question why we want to bring players in at all.
“But we don’t want to leave ourselves short – there is the possibility of another three games in the Trophy and a hard run-in between now and the end of the season.”
Deadline day may evoke images of over-excited Sky Sports News presenters outside training grounds and Harry Redknapp interviews through his car window. But for Scott, it is altogether less appealing.
“I hate it personally,” he said. “As a player, I used to think ‘why do they always leave it until the last minute to do these things?’
“But, as a manager, it’s not always in your hands. You have to rely on other players, agents, parent clubs.
“Clubs have to wait to get a player in before they will let a player out, so there’s a multitude of connotations as to why you can or can’t get players in.
“I’m hoping it won’t go on until 11pm tonight, but if it does and we get the player we want then that’s great.
“It’s a real domino effect – one player moves from somewhere and it knocks on down the line.
“And we’ll be the same. We’d be more prepared to let people go if we have people lined up ready to come in.
“It’s a bit of a slow process but we’d certainly like to strengthen with the amount of games we’ve got coming up.”
There is also time for Town players to move on, especially after Frankie Artus, Greg Pearson and Anthony Elding were made available to other clubs earlier this month.
“There’s no one going out at the moment,” Scott added. “People have got to want to take these players, and we’ve had a little bit of interest in Frankie and Greg, but nothing concrete.
“So we’ll bide our time. We can’t force people to leave if clubs don’t want to take them.
“There are some good players here who aren’t getting a look in, and I’m sure they would do a fantastic job for other clubs.
“One of the players, who I won’t mention, has declined to go out and that was his decision. That’s understandable. He wants to wait to see if there is a more attractive proposition that comes in.
“With the other one, the interested club decided that they couldn’t afford it.
“So we’ll go with the squad of 19 or 20 that we’ve got. That will hopefully be bolstered in the next three or four weeks with the return of Liam Hearn, which is a fantastic boost for everybody including Liam himself.”