Grimsby Town Football Club are pleased to announce the signing of Derby County striker, Charles Vernam on loan until the end of the season.
The 21-year-old striker began his career at Scunthorpe United, making the move to the Academy system at Derby County in 2013 before signing his first professional contract in 2015.
Vernam has also enjoyed a loan spell in Iceland, where he joined ÍBV in 2016 making a total of 11 appearances, scoring one goal.
Speaking exclusively to gtfc.co.uk, Vernam spoke about his move back to his local area. "I was a youngster at Scunthorpe, I came through their system until I went to Derby at 16", said Vernam.
"I'm a local lad, I know what this club means to a lot of people so I'm hoping I can prove myself and show the fans that I'm good enough to play at this level. I live pretty local which is good as well, I went to school at Caistor so all my friends were fans of Grimsby and still are so I know what it means to a lot of people so hopefully I can do well."
Vernam has history with manager, Russell Slade who signed him on loan at Coventry City last year. "It was a real learning experience (being at Coventry). I hadn't played much men's football before that so going there was really important. I didn't play as many games as I would have liked and I picked up a few injuries but hopefully coming here I can put that right and do well for the club."
Vernam likes to play as a second striker, playing as a number 10 and creating chances. "I like to play just off the striker", said Charles. "So as a number 10, I like to be busy around the striker and create stuff and score the goals as well so I'm hoping I can come here, excite the fans and do well for the team."
Charles could make his debut at Blundell Park, when we welcome Newport County on Saturday 13th January.
You can catch Charles' full interview over on iFollow Mariners.