'International boys will be ready'
GRIMSBY Town's international exertions won't affect the Mariners against AFC Telford this afternoon.
That's according to joint boss Rob Scott ahead of the table- toppers' Blue Square Bet Premier clash at Blundell Park.
After a week which has seen most of the Town squad put their feet up ahead of a hectic schedule, two players have been on international duty.
Left-back Aswad Thomas lined up for England C against Turkey on Tuesday evening at Dartford's Princes Park.
And midfielder Andi Thanoj made his debut for Albania's Under-21s in their friendly with Macedonia the following night.
Scott believes their exploits shouldn't impact the Mariners today, but hinted that there may be changes afoot regardless.
He said: "Andi's game for Albania midweek is something we'll have to think about when selecting the team for this afternoon, although he didn't have a lot of game-time – I think he only played 35 minutes.
"It's part and parcel of football these days. Obviously he's only had a short flight, nothing too dramatic.
"Too much can be made of these journeys sometimes – you sit down, read a book, listen to your music or watch a DVD – it can't get much more relaxing than that can it?
"I don't think it will be a major issue but, as I've said, we're going to have a rotation system between now and the end of the season because of the games we've got.
"Aswad has also come back okay and trained well after his game for England C."
After the loan window re-opened yesterday, Scott is also keen to strengthen that playing squad.
"There is no activity in terms of players coming in at the moment," Scott added.
"People are under the illusion that we've got a massive squad – we haven't. Earlier this week, we trained with 18 outfield players and two keepers.
"So it's not a huge squad but we won't bring players in for the sake of it."