Grimsby Town Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of Derby County forward, Charles Vernam on a two-year-deal.
The 21-year-old joined The Mariners on loan in January 2018 going on to make 9 appearances, scoring once before picking up an injury which saw his loan spell end abruptly.
Speaking exclusively to gtfc.co.uk, Vernam discussed the move and his delight at moving back to his home town. "I'm really happy to get this move done, I feel it's going to be a really important move for me and hopefully I can show similar signs to those when I was last here", said Vernam. "I'm really happy to be back here, back to the area, back with my family and I can't wait to get started again".
Despite not working directly alongside current Manager, Michael Jolley, Vernam discussed how much of a part he had to play in making a return to the club possible. "The first thing was the manager", mentioned Vernam.
"Ever since I got injured, he was in touch with me and the day after I left the club, he was straight on the phone saying that if there was a possibility, he would like to bring me back. When you have got somebody who believes in you like that and wants you to be part of something, it's very reassuring and I almost wanted to repay that faith he showed in me to come back and try help him as much as he has helped me."
Despite his significant injury last season, Charles believes he has come back stronger after taking part in a vigorous pre-season schedule with his previous club. "It's been a long pre-season, which started much earlier than others", said Vernam. "With the injury rehabilitation and trying to get back fit it's been a long time but I feel in a great place and now, it's going to feel like time is going really quick as we build up to the beginning of the season and I can't wait to get back on that pitch in front of our fans!"
We also caught up with Michael Jolley, who spoke to us about bringing Vernam back to the club. "Charles is a very good person and a very good player", mentioned Jolley. "We think he has got a lot of potential and with him being from Caistor, he knows the area really well and is a natural fit. We think that he can be someone who can come in and score goals for us, so we are really happy to bring him back to the club".
The Manager also confirmed that Town had beat a number of clubs to Charles' signature, something that he is happy to have done. “I know there was other interest from other clubs, I think some clubs in League One", said Jolley. "The fact that he was well treated by Grimsby when he was here before, the fact that I’ve got a good relationship with him, he wants to come and be part of what we are doing at Grimsby is a big plus for us.
Charles will now be available for selection ahead of our final home pre-season game vs. Doncaster Rovers this evening, be sure you are part of it by securing tickets via our online ticket store.
Vernam will wear the number 18 shirt for the 18/19 season.