'Life goes on if loan lads leave'
ROB Scott insists it "won't be the end of the world" if Grimsby Town are unable to keep loan rangers Ross Hannah and Scott Neilson at the club.
The pair are due to play the final matches of their three-month loan spells against Wrexham tomorrow evening.
And, regardless of any new deals – permanent or otherwise – both will be unable to play for the Mariners again until the New Year.
As a result, striker Hannah (right) will return to parent club Bradford City and wideman Neilson to Crawley Town over the Christmas period.
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Scott and co-manager Paul Hurst have admitted they are keen to bring the duo back to boost Town's Blue Square Bet Premier title charge.
However, they appreciate that other clubs will be interested in two of the Conference's most talented attacking players.
"It won't be the end of the world if players leave – it's the nature of the game and has happened before," said Scott.
"We lost Alan Connell and everyone thought it was the end of Grimsby Town, but we got Liam Hearn in.
"Liam then got injured at the start of the season and Ross Hannah's come in and scored goals.
"However much these players think there is a bit of greener grass over the road, it doesn't always work like that.
"We'll carry on and we want these players that we've got at the club.
"But if they don't want to stay for their own personal reasons, we'll accept that and hopefully go and get another player in who's equally good or can shine even more."
The joint boss believes that the Mariners are full of attacking options, even if a return for Hannah and Neilson can't be agreed.
"We keep getting questioned when we don't score goals at Blundell Park, like against Buxton in the FA Trophy, but previous to that we scored three and five at home," he added. "Sometimes you have to be a little bit realistic – you can't score four, five or six every game.
"But what we certainly have got now which we haven't had in the past is goals from different departments.
"Our wide players are scoring, our centre-forwards are scoring, our midfielders are scoring, and occasionally our centre-halves will pop up with goal as well.
"We've got threats from all over the park at the moment and we're pleased with the home form in particular."