Grimsby Town boss Marcus Bignot feels new signings Akwasi Asante and Jamey Osborne’s hunger will help them become successes at the club.
Centre-forward Asante, 24, and midfielder Osborne, also 24, signed for the Mariners from National League side Solihull today and the gaffer believes their drive and hard work will help them continue their progress.
“Having that dream of always wanting to be a professional footballer you’ll see those types of players – when they’ve been out the game and are finally seeing their dreams fulfilled – it’s not just a job and it’s not just about paying bills.
“This is actually their passion and love, and we’ve got certainly two very good characters as well as two very good footballers.”
The manager also drew comparisons with himself and the new signings.
“They’ll be living their dream. They’re 24 and that was the same age when I got back into the professional game with Crewe in the Championship so I know what today means to them, and not only to them but to their families.”
Bignot told Mariners Player he didn’t want to cause unrest at former club Solihull, but felt the duo needed to make the step up.
“You don’t really want to ever go back to your old club and take players but the remit of them actually going to Solihull Moors was to use that football club for the opportunity to get back into the Football League.
“And it was one where they had two options really: one where they could showcase their ability and Football League clubs come in for them or the day if I got into the Football League it was certainly one of those where I’d promised them if they’d done well for Solihull they’re certainly players I’d like to take with me and I’ve kept true to my word.”
Mariners Player spoke to the new signings after their first training session with the club today.
Asante said the offer to come player for the Mariners in League Two was irresistible.
“As soon as I found out that Grimsby were interested, it was a no-brainer for me. I said straightaway ‘I’d love to go’. Obviously coming out of part-time football and going into full-time in a better league, it was a good opportunity for me.”
And the striker is hoping to make his first appearance for Town this Saturday as they host Notts County.
“Hopefully I’ll be involved, I’d love to come on and make my debut at home.”
The centre-forward was also full of praise for fellow new signing Osborne.
“He’s a unique player. I’ve never seen a player like him. The way he plays in centre-mid; the way he controls the ball and just glides past people, it’s unique. You’ll see on Saturday if he plays.”
Osborne revealed his eagerness to get playing for the Mariners, in what will be his first ever experience in the Football League.
“I just want to start scoring and start winning games with Grimsby, and hopefully reach the play-offs.
“Obviously I’ve been waiting for an opportunity like this for a number of years. My first session went well, it was good to meet the lads, and I’ve already had a warm welcome from the fans so I’m just buzzing to be started really.
“After a couple of setbacks I’ve had, with obviously there being a lot of interest over the years, it was just me being patient and hoping it would go through. And I’m glad the two clubs did make an agreement.
“I’m just hoping I can impress the fans. I’ve seen the fan base already, and it’s amazing what a big club it actually is and a big fan base.”
The midfielder also opened up about his playing style.
“I like to go forward, like to chip in with goals, and like to be creative. My last two goals for Hednesford were both from the halfway line but only one was recorded unfortunately, but I think the one that wasn’t recorded was actually better.”