Video: Nathan Pond wants to leave Grimsby Town on a high after 'brilliant' loan spell
NATHAN Pond doesn't want too much from his last game for Grimsby Town tomorrow – just a goal, a clean sheet, three points, and to stay top of the league.
The imposing centre-half will play the last game of his extended loan spell with the Mariners against Hereford United tomorrow afternoon on his 28th birthday.
It will bring to an end a stunning five months in Cleethorpes for the Fleetwood man which has seen him play an integral part in the Mariners' surge to the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier.
And speaking on the eve of the game, the defender is aiming to sign off in style.
He said: "The plan is definitely to go out on a high.
"Three points, a clean sheet, a goal and to stay top of the league would be a nice way to end the loan spell!"
"It's all about getting back on track after a disappointing result on New Year's Day.
"We didn't play particularly well but we hung in there and got a point which was positive and a sign of a good team.
"But we definitely want to get back to the sort of form we have been showing recently.
"I'm expecting it to be a good game against Hereford United," he added.
"We beat them 2-0 at their place and got a good result.
"I remember their keeper had a ginormous kick, so I'm expecting to be heading a lot of balls tomorrow.
"As long as we get the three points and I can end my time here on a high then I'll be happy."
After tomorrow's game, Pond will return to his parent club and fight for a place under new Cod Army boss Graham Alexander – saying the appointment of the former Preston man offers everyone at the club a 'fresh start'.
But if things weren't to work out for him on the Fylde coast, a return to Cleethorpes could be on the cards – amid reported interest from the Mariners' Blue Square Bet Premier rivals Luton.
He added: "My time with Grimsby has been brilliant and it's been a very successful loan spell for both me and the club.
"My aim now is to go back to Fleetwood and fight for my place – I've now got a point to prove there.
"There's new management there, so it's a fresh start for everyone in that respect.
"I've come to Grimsby and played 26 or 27 games and got myself match-fit and match-sharp, so I'm ready to go.
"But if that doesn't work out as I'd like, then I'd be looking to get something sorted before the end of the transfer window.
"I'd definitely consider coming back to Grimsby if nothing was to happen at Fleetwood."
He added: "As far as I know, Luton are interested as well. But I've just got to keep playing my football and see what happens.
"I'm going to consider all my options but as I say, it's not really down to me at the minute, it's all down to Fleetwood.
"But I'm settled here and I know the lads and the managers have been good to me here, so Grimsby would be at the top of my thinking if something didn't happen there.
"I don't need to go to a new club and have to meet new faces and get settled again when I could be part of a promotion push here at Grimsby."
Meanwhile, Town joint boss Rob Scott confirmed the club's intention to seal a Blundell Park return for Pond – should his return to Fleetwood not prove successful.
He said: "Fleetwood aren't even considering offers yet because they want to have a look at Pondy.
"He is aware of our intention, which is that we would like him at the club. We've spoken with his agent and he also knows that, but Pondy will go back to Fleetwood and see how the land lies there.
"Until that is resolved, one way or another, we won't be able to do anything.
"It's out of our control – we've had discussions with Pondy with regards to him staying and, I think if Fleetwood didn't want him, Grimsby would be high on his list to sit down and talk with."