Grimsby Town may sign another player before transfer window closes
WHATEVER happens today, when the clock strikes 11pm and the transfer window slams shut, Rob Scott and Paul Hurst will be happy with their summer dealings.
Having made eight permanent additions to their squad throughout the close season, the Grimsby Town bosses yesterday extended Nathan Pond's loan deal until January.
And while they are satisfied that they have strengthened sufficiently, the joint bosses have hinted that they're still in the market for one more player.
If it is to be a permanent signing, then it must be sealed before tonight's 11pm deadline.
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However, the duo have always stated that they are not prepared to be rushed into signings, meaning they could wait for the re-opening of the loan market on September 8.
Speaking after the deal for Pond was confirmed, Hurst said: "Nathan has come in and done extremely well and formed an excellent partnership with Shaun (Pearson) – he's someone that we're glad to have around.
"As things stand we couldn't do a permanent deal but that's something that we'd be keen to look at if he continued his form and if we were where we needed to be.
"Other than that there's not too much change for us. We're still having conversations but most things are hitting a brick wall.
"We've always said that we won't be rushed into bringing anyone in.
"In terms of numbers, we would like one more, in but in general we are happy with where we are.
"The question was asked if we need another striker after Liam Hearn's injury, and, after Monday, you could argue that perhaps we don't, but that would maybe be a little short-sighted.
"It's something that we are looking at and we'll see how things go.
"We've got the games on Saturday, Tuesday and the following Saturday and then the loan market is back open which is another option for us.
"Realistically, there is no point in diving in just for the sake of it because the window is closing.
"If nothing comes from the discussions that we're having and we feel we have to strengthen after those games, then we'll look to do something in terms of a loan."