Louie Soares leaves Grimsby Town - Greg Pearson, Frankie Artus and Anthony Elding could follow
THREE more players could follow Louie Soares out of Grimsby Town.
After Soares moved on loan to Alfreton for the rest of the season yesterday, joint boss Rob Scott has revealed that Greg Pearson, Anthony Elding and Frankie Artus could also be set for moves elsewhere.
The club are open to loan or permanent deals for the trio, who are currently on the periphery of the Mariners’ squad.
Pearson has seen his first-team opportunities limited by the signings of fellow strikers Ross Hannah and Richard Brodie, while Artus has not featured for Town since suffering from a hernia earlier in the season. And, after a permanent switch to Preston North End failed to materialise following his loan stay at Deepdale, Elding has been told that he is not part of the management duo’s plans.
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Scott said: “Louie Soares will hopefully get a chance to re-ignite his career at Alfreton.
“It’s been a bit stop-start for him and we’ve been honest and told him that it doesn’t look like he’s going to be back in here. We’ve given him the chance to go out and he’s happy to get some games.
“We’ve spoken to a few others about the possibility of leaving the club on loan or permanent.
“Anthony Elding is one of those, as he’s gone out to Preston and come back to us.
“Preston have gone like the weather on that one – very cold.
“So we’ve circulated Anthony’s name again and told him that it’s not looking like he’s going to be involved after the players that we’ve brought in. He’s training with us and is still being paid by the football club, but if someone comes in for him, we’ll certainly look at letting him go out.
“Frankie Artus has been out with his hernia and not really had a look-in since so he’s expressed a desire to go out and get some games and we’ve circulated his name along with Greg Pearson’s.
“Greg’s a bit frustrated at his limited opportunities so we’ve circulated his name and we’ll see what comes of that.
“All these players need to be playing football and, at the minute, they’re not doing that here so we’re giving them the opportunity to do that at other clubs.
“Some of the outgoings could be permanent – we’ve said to these players that we’ll field any calls that come in for them and if a team comes in for them, we’ll weigh the offer up.
“It’s got to be right for everyone,” he added.
Scott has also revealed that he and Hurst are still looking to add ‘one or two’ new faces to the squad, but that is dependant on space being freed up by departures.
“As always, we’re looking,” he said.
“The squad that we’ve got is good and there’s a possibility that we could bring one or two more in, but that will depend on movement of players going out.
“We want to keep players fresh and eager and we don’t want players sitting here knowing that they’re never going to play – that’s no good for us or them.
“We’d like to do a bit of business but that won’t happen until such a time when players leave the club.”