This afternoon we caught up with Mariners boss Paul Hurst and asked him to give us a transfer update and his thoughts on the players he has signed already.
“He’s someone that impressed me last season, on numerous occasions, not just in the games against us. He’s a player that has a lot of ability, is comfortable on the ball and helps to make the team ‘play’ – in short he’s a good footballer. He captained Southport and played extremely well for them last year. Scott also had a good start in his career: he was at Everton as a youngster and I can remember from my playing days him being at Bristol City, so he’s coming to us with a good pedigree.
"After losing Andi (Thanoj) and Scott (Kerr), the central midfield area was somewhere we needed to bring someone in and, in Scott Brown, we’ve found someone who’s brave, got a good attitude, trains very well and has a lot of experience.”
“I think with Jack there was a little bit of frustration that we didn’t sign him sooner but, as I’ve already said, if the player wasn’t ready to make that sort of step in his career initially, then I’d rather it worked out this way because I wouldn’t have wanted him to sign and then have issues. I’m convinced that he’s now ready to make the move – he’s matured in the last 12 months. I’m delighted to have him on board and I look forward to working with him. Jack’s only 22 years old, works hard, has pace to burn, likes running at defenders and makes things happen. I think he’s someone that will excite the fans next season and my job is to try and get that out of him as much as possible.”
“I watched ‘Toto’ a few times last season but in the games against us I thought he did extremely well. Physically he’s a good specimen, if you like! He’s comfortable on the ball and he’s also got pace, which isn’t always the first thing you look for in a central defender but it’s certainly a superb attribute to have. I think he would compliment the likes of Shaun Pearson and Chris Doig very well and he’s another one that’s young and gives me the impression that he wants to ‘kick-on’ with his career after being held in high regard when he was at Everton as a youngster. I understand that, by virtue of the way he handles himself on the pitch, he’s also a bit of a leader and that’s the kind of character we wanted to bring in to the club – especially after losing Scott Kerr.”
“No, not imminently. Every day I’m speaking to players and their agents but there’s not much to report at the moment. So far I’m happy with the business I’ve done already and I’m delighted that Craig (Disley), James (McKeown) and Scott (Neilson) have re-signed, plus the players who were already under contract. I think in total we have 16 lads under contract – including the three young pros – so I’m fairly happy with that at the moment because it’s still early days.”
Also read Paul's World Cup update
The Town players will return to pre-season training on July 1st. The Mariners Players cameras will be there to capture the first day.