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2022/2023

Grimsby Town

In


Anthony Glennon (Defender, Burnley); Niall Maher (Defender, FC Halifax Town); Brendan Kieran (Midfielder, Grimsby Town, Loan); Bryn Morris (Midfielder, Burton Albion); Kieran Green (Midfielder, FC Halifax Town); Otis Khan (Midfielder, Leyton Orient); Stephen Wearne (Midfielder, Sunderland); Danilo Orsi (Attacker, Harrogate Town)

Out


James McKeown (sp) (Goalkeeper, released); Adam Crookes (sp) (Defender, York City); Andy Smith (sp) (Defender, Hull City, Loan ended); David Longe-King (sp) (Defender, Dagenham and Redbridge); Arjan Raikhy (Midfielder, Aston Villa, Loan ended); Ben Fox (r) ((Midfielder, Northampton Town); Daniel Rose (Midfielder, released); Erico Sousa (sp) (Midfielder, released); Giles Coke (Midfielder, released); Joey Jones (Midfielder, Dagenham & Redbridge, Loan ended); Luke Spokes (Midfielder, released); Max Wright (Midfielder, Harrogate Town); Scott Burgess (Midfielder, York City); Emmanuel Dieseruvwe (Attacker, Tranmere Rovers, Loan ended); Lenell John-Lewis (Attacker, released); Luis Adlard (Attacker, released); Tristan Abrahams (Attacker, Carlisle United, Loan ended)

Paul Hurst pulled off something of a minor miracle as he guided Grimsby Town back into the Football League at the first time of asking. The Mariners were in a complete mess when he failed to save them from the drop in 2021 with the takeover by Jason Stockwood and Andrew Pettit coming just too late. They were able to regroup last summer but found an extremely competitive National League hard going and just managed to scrape into the play-off places. An extra-time comeback win over Solihull Moors in the play-off final at the London Stadium saw them seal an unlikely promotion and they head into the new season full of optimism. Several of the squad have signed new deals this summer, including goalkeeper Max Crocombe and full-back Michee Efete, who showed plenty of potential. The team has a strong spine in ever-present centre-back Luke Waterfall, midfielder Gavan Holohan, who was surprisingly allowed to leave Hartlepool United in March, and attacking midfielder John McAtee, who has finally started to realise the potential he showed at Scunthorpe United. Hurst has been busy in the transfer market too with the signings of midfield trio Bryn Morris, Otis Khan and Stephen Wearne. He has also raided FC Halifax Town for centre-back Niall Maher and midfielder Kieran Green whilst full-back Anthony Glennon has returned on a permanent deal from Burnley. He will be looking to strengthen his attack before the window closes but with momentum behind them, the Mariners will be looking to avoid any relegation battle and push for a top-half finish.

Target


Top-half. Having struggled to establish themselves on their last return to the Football League, it will be all about consolidating this time around.

Season Review
2020/2021

№24: Grimsby Town

It was a disastrous season for Grimsby Town as they finished bottom of the League 2 and lost their Football League status for the second time in eleven years. Paul Hurst was the man who got them back up in 2016 and he returned to try and save them this time around. He inherited a bloated squad from predecessor Ian Holloway, who played a significant role in the whole sorry saga. The protracted sale of the club and another new stadium project were unnecessary distractions whilst Holloway used the global Covid-19 pandemic as an excuse for his summer recruitment. It was a mess and they made a poor start to the season. The team won just five of the first 19 matches when Holloway jumped ship before they fell into the bottom, clearly recognising the way things were going. Having made several claims of loyalty to the club, it felt like a betrayal to many fans. Hurst was left to clean up the mess but it was a thankless task summed up when striker Stefan Payne was sent off for head butting team-mate Filipe Morais following an on-pitch disagreement. Relegation was confirmed before the end of a miserable campaign and they can have no complaints. There is some sunshine on the horizon with the takeover finally being completed and Hurst has already taken the Mariners back up once. The fans will be hoping he can do it again.


Player of the Season: Luke Hendrie

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