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📝 Michael Jolley On Grimsby Town's Deadline Day

Michael Jolley says "ambitious" Grimsby Town board backed him and Anthony Limbrick in January transfer window

1 February 2019

Michael Jolley

Grimsby Town manager Michael Jolley has revealed the club came agonisingly close to making a “significant” second Deadline Day signing on Thursday.

Town boss Michael Jolley and assistant manager Anthony Limbrick, along with January signings Sebastian Ring and Ludvig Öhman, answered questions about the club at the Mariners Trust’s Q&A in the Trust Bar on Thursday.

The Mariners made six signings last month, with Ring, Öhman, and Luke Hendrie joining the club on permanent deals, Joe Grayson and Kristian Dennis joining on loan, and Elliot Embleton extending his loan.

And Town boss Jolley thanked the board for their backing in bringing in new signings in the January transfer window, and said the Mariners came agonisingly close to making a “significant” second Deadline Day addition to the squad.

Speaking at the Q&A, he said: “We tried to do something in this transfer window which would have been significant for the football club – we really tried.

“The board came together and made a big commitment to attempt to do something.

“Unfortunately we didn’t quite make it happen, but it was a big undertaking by the board, and I sincerely appreciate it as the manager.

“And it showed to me, and to Anthony Limbrick, that the board are ambitious for the football club, and that they really want to help us, and try to move the football club forward.”

Anthony Limbrick said he believes striker Kristian Dennis will be a “good signing” for the Mariners during his loan spell from fellow Sky Bet League Two side Notts County.

He said: “He’s a good player who became available and we worked really hard to get him, so we’re really pleased we’ve got him.

“He’s a goalscorer – a very good finisher in the box, he got 21 goals last season and, with his movement in the box, he can really add to the team.

“He can partner any of the strikers that we’ve got up there – he’d be a good partner for Wes Thomas.

“He’d do well with other players in and around him – Elliot Embleton, Charles Vernam, and Jordan Cook working off him.

“So it gives us options up there, which is important – we want to score more goals.

“And he’s got to work hard to get in as well because Wes Thomas has been playing well lately and he’s got nine goals for us now.

“If you’re adding that fire power up there you want to use them in the right way, but I think there are a number of combinations we could do there, and he’ll have to work hard, first of all, to get in the team.

“But I think it’s a really good signing for us until the end of the season, and we hope he hits the ground running.”

And Town boss Jolley said that Dennis will add to Town’s attacking options, and will help the team in the last 16 league games of the season.

He said: “We’ve got good competition in the attacking unit in our squad, and Kristian certainly adds to that so we’re pleased to add him to our squad, and I think he can do well for us, and help the team.”

Watch the full Q&A on our official YouTube channel.

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