Lenell John-Lewis will add 'spark' to Grimsby Town's attack - Hurst
LENELL John-Lewis will provide Grimsby Town with an extra attacking ‘spark’ after becoming the eighth striker at the club.
The frontman was the only arrival at Blundell Park on deadline day, signing an 18-month deal with the Mariners.
After completing a free transfer from Bury, the 23-year-old joins a long list of attackers at Town’s disposal as they head into the business end of the campaign.
Ross Hannah, Richard Brodie, Andy Cook and Dayle Southwell are battling it out for starting spots, while Anthony Elding and Greg Pearson are available to other clubs for loan deals.
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And, with last season’s top scorer Liam Hearn ‘three to four’ weeks from a return to action, there can’t be many clubs in the Conference with more attacking options.
Joint boss Paul Hurst believes John-Lewis’ arrival will provide the ammunition required as the Mariners continue their bid for Conference and FA Trophy glory.
He told the Telegraph: “We’ve got a few strikers in and this is another one, so we might change formation and play six up front!
“Lenell is a centre-forward that fits the mould – while he’s not an out-and-out targetman, he’s good in the air.
“He’s mobile, big, very strong and will add competition to an ever-growing list of strikers.
“He can play in a wider role as well if required, so it gives us options and plenty of choice if we want to change things and go 4-3-3.
“He’s often been an impact sub at Bury, but has started games as well.
“With the amount of fixtures we’ve got coming up and how often we’re going to be playing, these are the areas where you need to be fresher. They are the areas that can really make a difference.
“With attacking players, you need that spark and that energy, so that’s why we’ve brought him in.”
The Town co-manager stressed that it was ‘business as usual’ with the League One Shakers.
That’s despite the dispute between the two clubs over Marcus Marshall’s proposed transfer to Luton just last week.
“As far as I’m aware it was business as usual,” he said. “Bury want to bring players in and although Lenell has played for them recently, he was maybe not going to figure in their long-term plans. That is often how things work out
in football. Lenell was at the club when Kevin Blackwell got the manager’s job, so he’s not one of his players.
“That’s our business done and when the loan window re-opens we’ll look to that if we get injuries or suspensions.”
It was certainly a quieter than expected close to the January transfer window, with none of the Mariners’ fringe players leaving the club either.
Hurst says the re-opening of the loan window next Friday is the main reason for the lack of takers
“There’s been nothing come from the powers above to say that we’ve had to move anybody else out first – and that’s been proven by Lenell’s signing.
“So anyone that does go out will be when the loan window re-opens next week.
“Frankie Artus, Simon Ford, Anthony Elding and Greg Pearson – they’re the names that have been circulated and the ones that are available.
“These players are still at the club and if they remain here then so be it.
“That said, Simon Ford isn’t one we’re looking to get out at this moment because we’ve got two other centre-halves and one is on eight bookings, so Simon may be needed.
“That’s changed slightly. It would have been nice to have him go out, get him some games and come back match-sharp.
“But he played in the Reserves on Wednesday and he’ll stay with us for now.”