Trawling The Town: Mariners' Dave Moore hails 'fantastic opportunity' for youngsters
A HOME-grown Grimsby Town star has pledged his support for our Trawling The Town campaign, launched to unearth the next generation of local footballing talent.
Current club physio Dave Moore, who came through the youth system at Town before making his debut in 1978, said the campaign gives local youngsters a "fantastic opportunity" to follow in the footsteps of "local lads" like him and his brother Kev, Tony Ford and Kevin Drinkell, who all starred for their home-town club.
Since the relaunch of the campaign last week, we have been inundated with applications from local hopefuls who want the chance to try-out for the mighty Mariners.
As reported, later this month Grimsby Town's team of professional coaches will hold a week of open trials at Oasis Academy Wintringham to give more young players a chance to earn their place in teams at the club's School Of Excellence.
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Dave, who made 165 appearances for Town and was appointed caretaker manager for a spell in 2011, said: "I think the campaign is a great idea; it is giving local youngsters a fantastic opportunity to possibly play for their local team.
"I'd like to think any young footballer who watches his home-town club as a youngster would have ambitions to one day pull on the shirt and play at Blundell Park.
"I know that for me, Kev and all the other local lads, playing for our home-town club was a real honour so to give local kids an opportunity to potentially do that is fantastic."
Trawling the Town
Keep reading your Grimsby Telegraph for coverage of the trial and stories with the youngsters.