Video: New signing Tom Naylor keen to be 'thrown straight in' at Grimsby Town
TOM Naylor is prepared to make his Grimsby Town debut against Ebbsfleet United this evening (7.45pm) – in defence or midfield.
The Derby County man completed his loan switch on Friday, bolstering a squad that remains in the hunt for an historic league and FA Trophy double.
Joint boss Rob Scott has confirmed that the 21-year-old will be in Town’s 16-man line-up for this evening’s return to Conference action.
And the former Mansfield Town player admits he would love to get ‘thrown straight in’ at Blundell Park.
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“It would be great to get back in action, of course it would, I’ve come here to play games and would love to play against Ebbsfleet or at Macclesfield on Friday.
“If I get thrown straight in tonight, I’ll be delighted.
“The lads have done well on Saturday at Dartford, so I’m not really expecting to start tonight.
“But if I am, I’ll get my boots on, work hard and fight to get a clean sheet and win for the side.”
Although predominantly a central defender, Naylor believes he won’t just be pushing Shaun Pearson and Ian Miller for their positions at the heart of the Town back four.
“My main position is centre-half but I played right-back for Derby a few times and can play centre-mid as well,” he added.
“I used to be a midfielder when I was younger and when I moved to Mansfield the manager pushed me back to centre-half.
“But I went out on loan to Belper Town and played about 40 games in centre-mid, so I know what I’m doing in there.
“The managers haven’t said what they have in mind yet. They’ve just told me to get settled here – meet the boys, have a few good training sessions – and they will talk to me over the next few days.”
After leaving Conference football for a permanent deal with County in January last year, Naylor’s first-team opportunities at Pride Park have been limited.
A three-month loan spell at Bradford City ended earlier this month, allowing the Mariners to get their man for the remainder of the campaign.
“It’s great – I’m really happy to join Grimsby Town,” he said. “I just want to play football. That’s the main reason I’ve come here, so hopefully I can do that.
“There were three main factors – to play games, to get promotion and to be involved in a Wembley final.
“Of course Grimsby’s position in the league was a big attraction. They’re obviously doing the right things and I want to be part of that.
“The first I knew about it was last Thursday when I heard that Grimsby had come in for me and really wanted me.
“So I told my agent to sort it out – It wasn’t a particularly hard decision.
“There’s a massive buzz around the changing room here and hopefully we can go on to get promotion. That has to be the main aim this season.”