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Slade - New Signing On The Horizon

15 July 2017

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Grimsby Town manager Russell Slade says there could be new signings arriving at Blundell Park as soon as next week.

The gaffer made Ben Killip his fifth summer signing this morning, and he’s told iFollow that there could be more additions to follow the goalkeeper, in signing for the club, next week.

He said: “There’s a lot of dialog going on, so there should be some positive news in a few areas this week.

“I was pleased with the left-back Paul Dixon, I think he’s fitted in really well. It’s certainly worth a discussion – he seems to have fitted into the group well, he’s got very good experience, he’s played for his country three times so I was pleased that we were able to have him down in the first place.

“We’re going to have a chat, and see what the outcome of that is.

“And with regard to one or two, we probably need to see a little bit more of them.”

Slade was delighted with the business done by the Mariners to bring 21-year-old Killip to the club.

“He’s trained well with Andy, we’ve had three or four ‘keepers in and he’s been the best of those.

“I thought, although he didn’t have a lot to do in the last game, his talking was very good, his handling was very good, and his kicking was very good.

“And I think the boy will get better. He just wants an opportunity to push a ‘keeper, and this might be the right place for him. He might be the right fit for us and I’m delighted that he’s doing that.

“He’s been with us a good few weeks. It’s always more difficult on a ‘keeper because sometimes they have games where there’s not an awful lot to do,” he said.

The Town boss added that he’s looking forward to the Mariners’ pre-season training camp in Devon next week, and emphasised the importance it can have in helping build squad unity.

He said: “It’ll be good for the bonding, the lads will be rooming with each other, they’ll be talking to each other 24/7 and I think that will be a really good experience for us all.

“The fact that we’re training, we’re together 24/7, we’re getting used to each other. I think you saw today for the first time a little sign of a group together. We were 1-0 down at half time, but galvanised ourselves and there’s a nice spirit growing, and that’s what will happen in Devon.

“We’ve got McAllister with a little bit of a groin problem so he will not travel (to Devon) with us, Mitch Rose has got just a minor injury, he will travel and be available, and Asante of course is still sidelined for a longer term.”

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