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🎞️Ian Holloway Pre-Exeter City Press Conference

Ian Holloway looks ahead to Grimsby Town's Sky Bet League Two fixture with Exeter City at Blundell Park

16 January 2020

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Grimsby Town manager Ian Holloway has confirmed that he will be making his fourth January signing ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Exeter City (3pm).

The Mariners have already welcomed Billy Clarke, Anthony Glennon, and James Tilley to Blundell Park this month.

And Holloway has revealed that a fourth signing will be announced before Saturday’s clash with the Grecians, who are currently second in the league.

He said: “I’ve got lots more up my sleeve – we should have another one hopefully by the end of today, or tomorrow morning.

“I’ve had a good look at everybody now, and I’m unbelievably optimistic.

“But I want to get another ingredient that I don’t think I’ve got yet – someone who will settle us down with the ball in a certain area, which is really vital.

“Everything’s full on, and I think that’s the division, but we need someone who is ice cold in those situations, and has got a little bit flair, so hopefully I’m going to try and add that.

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“He’s young and you’ve probably not heard of him, but it doesn’t matter.

“If we haven’t got that in our youth setup yet then I’m going to have to bring it in from somewhere else.

“I want to give our lads the chance to fight and have a realistic opportunity to go smashing up this division – that’s what we’ve got to try and do.

“I’ve got to make sure that I pick the right formation, with who I add to the squad, to get the best out of all of us – that’s what I’ve got to do.

“I don’t care which formation it is – there are some wonderful ways to play, and I know more than one – so I’ve got to advise on that, and we’ll be working towards it.

Holloway also confirmed that Maidenhead striker Ibra Sekajja has been on trial with Town this week.

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He said: “If I was Jürgen Klopp I’ve lost my whole frontline – Jordan Cook, James Hanson, and Matt Green.

“So at the minute would Liverpool win without Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah?

“Sekajja impressed me the other week by coming up and seeing me, and I had him seven years ago, and he was far too good a player to be out of work.

“He’s done very well this week, but I’m in a bit of an awkward situation where I’ve got some of my injured players coming back, and I’d be crazy if I didn’t look at them first.

“But I’ve invited him up, and he’s done ever so well so I’ve got a bit of a problem – and it’s a nice one because he’s done very well, but we’ll have to wait and see.”

James Hanson could return to the 18-man matchday squad this weekend, but Harry Davis may be out for a ‘little while.’


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