Fenty: Town should have done their homework on Ademeno
GRIMSBY Town chairman John Fenty believes a lack of homework is to blame for the failed signing of striker Charles Ademeno a year ago.
Town believed they had pulled off a coup with the 22-year-old's acquisition from Crawley last summer for a fee decided at a tribunal as £10,000 – a small fraction of what the Sussex side wanted when he agreed a move to Blundell Park.
But rather than prove a bargain buy, an injury-hit campaign saw Ademeno make just seven starts and score only two goals for the Mariners in a total of 13 appearances.
A succession of injuries and two knee operations meant he spent more time sidelined than on the pitch.
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And he was told by bosses Rob Scott and Paul Hurst he could find a new club before the campaign had even ended.
Mr Fenty admits Town have had their fingers burnt in a deal for a player he believes already had injury concerns and accepts they should have done more research.
Speaking exclusively to the Telegraph, the chairman said: "I think Crawley did a good job on us; there's no question of that in my mind. Charles clearly had an injury-prone record.
"But it comes down to homework about a player on our part. Evidently, we didn't do it well enough on him.
"We paid £10,000 for Charles which isn't a lot of money when all said and done, but at this level it is.
"We're disappointed the way things have gone with Charles."
Ademeno still has a year to run on his current contract at Town and will be expected back in pre-season if he fails to find another club.
The alternative is to settle that remaining year with him but the Mariners chairman says the club won't be held to ransom.
He added: "The question is where does Charles go from here.
"It's been declared that he can leave but at the same time, if he can't find a club, he remains here.
"If he's not prepared to leave on terms suitable to the club then he stays going into next season."