New Grimsby Town duo Scott Neilson and Ross Hannah believe Mariners can soar
THE opportunity for regular football with a team "on the up" was too good to turn down for Grimsby Town's new loan stars.
After the signing of Crawley winger Scott Neilson on a 93-day loan deal, yesterday, the club confirmed that Bradford City striker Ross Hannah has also agreed a three-month stay in Cleethorpes.
Both are expected to be thrown straight into the Mariners' squad for tonight's clash with Luton (7.45pm) and will be hoping to make an instant impression.
Hannah, 26, first caught the eyes of the joint bosses while playing for Matlock Town – where he once scored 52 goals in a season.
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That form earned him a step up to League Football when he signed his first professional contract with the Bantams last year.
He said: "I had quite a bit of interest in me and I did have a choice of where to go, but as soon as I knew Grimsby was interested, I made my mind up.
"I'm delighted to be here and it means a lot that Rob Scott and Paul Hurst have had faith in me.
"Not only have they seen me play from the dugout, but I've also played against them both when I was at Matlock, so they know what I'm all about.
"At Bradford, I feel that I've learnt things and improved my game a lot. I really feel that I can use all of that to good effect at this level.
"I've got pace, although I'd not say I'm lightning – I feel I've definitely got the pace to get in behind defenders and I'd like to think that I can score all sorts of goals – hopefully I can show that tonight."
Fellow new boy Neilson, who has tasted promotion from the Blue Square Bet Premier with parent-club Crawley, added: "I'm delighted to be here.
"It's a great club with good support and it's a team that's on the up so I'm glad to be here.
"I wasn't playing at Crawley, so it's a good opportunity for me to prove myself here and get playing again. I want to earn the shirt and then keep it by playing well."