Paul Hurst tips Grimsby Town loan rangers Jamie Devitt and Richard Brodie to keep improving
PAUL Hurst says there is "much more to come" from Grimsby Town loanees Jamie Devitt and Richard Brodie.
The pair have joined the Mariners for the remainder of the campaign – and both made their second appearances in Saturday's FA Trophy win at Welling.
Left-winger Devitt earned and scored a penalty before being replaced by Joe Colbeck on the hour.
And striker Brodie partnered Ross Hannah up front for the first time before making way for Andy Cook in the final ten minutes.
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Joint boss Hurst was satisfied with both displays and insists Devitt, who has only recently returned from a hamstring injury, will improve as his fitness levels increase.
"Dev is excellent on the left-hand side," he said.
"You can see he's a bright player, he's see a pass extremely early and there was a lot of good combination play down that side.
"He seems to get to balls when you don't think he's quite going to and his touch is excellent – he's shown that in his first game back for us, throughout training last week and on Saturday.
"We just need to get him a little bit fitter, which will come naturally. It was a heavy and slopping pitch at Welling, and in the second half up the hill it took its toll on him.
"We felt it probably wasn't the worst substitution in the world for us anyway, putting Joe on. That made us a bit more solid to deal with the threat Welling were posing."
Hurst admits it was a tough decision to omit Cook from the starting line-up at Park View Road, but believes the cup encounter was an ideal opportunity to explore Town's striking options.
"Richard's display was an improvement on the previous game," he continued.
"He did all right against Hereford, but on Saturday he got hold of it better and was better in the air.
"And, although we took him off towards the end, the pleasing thing was that he still looked strong and looked like he would cause problems.
"He's awkward to play against and he's seeing now what we expect and what we want from him. But they'll be much more to come, which is a great sign for us.
"Cooky did exceptionally well when he came on. He looked a real threat, won his headers and had one opportunity when we would have liked him to shoot but he had too many touches and let the keeper smother it out.
"All our players are good enough to be in the team, but it was the Trophy and we felt it was a good opportunity to have a look at Ross and Richard up front together. We know what Cooky and Ross can do together."