Jamie Devitt has 'unfinished business' at Grimsby Town
GRIMSBY Town’s on-loan winger Jamie Devitt feels his Blundell Park return is a case of “unfinished business”.
The 22-year-old made his second Mariners debut on Saturday, coming off the bench to a rousing reception in the 1-1 home draw with Hereford United.
An impressive 30-minute cameo followed from the man on loan from Hull City, who only completed his move across the Humber the evening before.
Devitt, who spent a previous loan spell in Cleethorpes in 2010, said it was great to be back with the Mariners.
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And the youngster also admitted that Town’s relegation from the Football League on the final day of that campaign was integral to his return.
“The reception from the Town fans on Saturday meant a lot because the last time I was here we got relegated,” Devitt told the Telegraph.
“I got on really well with the fans and the players, but it was just so disappointing to go down on that last day at Burton.
“At the end of this season I want to finish as a winner and make up for that feeling.
“It definitely seems like unfinished business and that was a big part of the reason why I came back. “I have memories here of getting relegated and I want to change those to memories of getting promoted.”
The Irishman couldn’t fire the hosts to victory on Saturday, but the one point gained did see the Mariners regain top spot in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
And he says the chance to play regular football and regain his love for the game was also a key factor in joining Town until the end of the season.
“It wasn’t a hard decision to come back. I came down last week, had a chat with the managers and a look around,” Devitt continued.
“This club still has brilliant supporters and I was looking around the stadium last week and picturing myself being back out there.
“There was interest from other clubs in League Two but I was keen to come back here, win games, hopefully get promoted and see what happens from there.
“I need to get a run of games going and I just want to start enjoying football again to be honest.
“I’ve fallen out of love with it a little bit over the last few months and I want to get that feeling back.
“Saturday brought back memories of enjoying my football again, so hopefully there’s plenty more of that to come.”
Devitt was satisfied with his impact against the Bulls, who left North East Lincolnshire with a point despite falling behind in the third minute.
However, he asked Mariners supporters for patience as he continues his comeback from a torn hamstring sustained on loan at Rotherham.
“It’s been a while since I’ve played a game because I’ve been injured, so it was just good to get out there,” he said.
“I tore my hamstring eight weeks ago and I only trained a little on Thursday for the first time, and then on Friday. So I’m still getting fit but that will come over the next few weeks as I get more minutes under my belt.
“I’ve been running on it for the last two weeks. It’s just about getting fully fit and getting used to striking balls again.
“I should have done better with a couple of the shots I had on Saturday. It didn’t really come off, but hopefully I can get match fit now, play regularly and add some goals and assists.
“We didn’t get the three points on Saturday and we were bitterly disappointed in the dressing room, but we played well in patches and the goals will come.”