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How Are Our Loanees Getting On?

Russell Slade brings us up to date with the players who are out on loan.

7 December 2017

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Grimsby Town boss Russell Slade has brought us up to date with the six Mariners players who are currently out on loan at other clubs.

Five Town players are on loan at National League sides with striker Akwasi Asante and midfielder Jamey Osborne at Solihull Moors, while defender Reece Hall-Johnson is at Chester, midfielder Chris Clements is at Barrow, and winger Tom Bolarinwa is at Sutton United.

And 19-year-old academy graduate Max Wright is on a season-long loan at Scarborough Athletic.

Slade hopes 25-year-old Osborne can get through his spell at Damson Park with no injuries, ready for his return to Sky Bet League Two action at Blundell Park at the end of the month.

He said: “It was a bad injury he had, and to get back and get those match minutes under his belt was always going to be a little bit of an issue.

“So he’s got the opportunity to do that now and then he’ll be back for the Accrington Stanley game with those games under his belt, which just makes sense really.

“He got 87 minutes in his first game, he’s back in three weeks, so let’s hope he comes through that – that’s the most important thing, and then he’s ready.”

The gaffer has also been keeping an eye on 25-year-old Asante, who has made eight league appearances on-loan at the Moors.

“He’s been pretty much on the bench, apart from the first couple of games.”

Slade expressed his delight for 27-year-old Bolarinwa, who has scored two goals in his last two league appearances for the U’s.

“Tom’s done well, he was desperate to get some football so we’re pleased that he’s doing well,” he said.

The gaffer also updated us on 27-year-old Clements, who has made seven league appearances on-loan at the Bluebirds.

He said: “Clem’s really not figured recently – he didn’t make the 16-man squad on Saturday, but I know he’d been sub a couple of times recently. He was playing, prior to that, quite regularly.”

And Slade confirmed that Hall-Johnson, who has scored one goal in five league appearances on-loan at the Bluebirds, has returned to the Deva Stadium following his recovery from injury.

“He’s gone back to Chester now after his hamstring injury, so he could be available for them again at the weekend (in their league clash with Solihull),” he said.

Meanwhile, winger Wright has scored four league goals on-loan at the Seadogs, and picked up the Man of the Match award in their 2-1 win over Ossett Town in the second round of the Integro Doodson League Cup on November 28.

Slade hopes that the players continue to get game time at their respective loan clubs, and said that he’ll review the situation in January.

“They’re all out because they need match minutes, whatever way you look at it. They need to be playing and obviously I can only pick 11, and the subs that go with that.

“And it was a rather large squad so there’s been a need to get them out and get some football, and then we shall review the situation – you can only review these situations in windows now anyway, so we’ll review it in January,” he said.


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