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Ian Holloway's thoughts on the transfer window, the generosity of local people, injuries and Saturday's visit of Forest Green Rovers.

30 January 2020

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Grimsby Town manager Ian Holloway has confirmed he will be offering Ben Davies a contract to add further strength in depth to his first-team playing squad.

Davies scored three goals in 59 league appearances for the Mariners between 2016 and 2018, including a superb free-kick on his debut against Morecambe in Sky Bet League Two.

And the 38-year-old, who has been coaching the Town first-team since November, is now set to be offered a contract to return to playing for the Mariners.

Holloway said: “We’re giving him a playing contract, and we want to get him back up to speed.

“I think he’s the sort of person who would help us in what I’m trying to teach because his communication is absolutely fantastic.

“I saw Dannie Bulman play so well against us for Crawley last week, and he’s 41, so why can’t Ben still do it for us?

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“He joined in with little bits today, and we’re going to give him a training regime so hopefully that will be one extra person who loves the club, plays really well, and is a leader.

“Hopefully we can tinker that through and gradually get him up to speed.

“He won’t be playing for a while but he’s easily good enough, and his talking would make things a lot easier for people because we’re a little bit quiet at times.

“We’ve got a goalkeeper, James McKeown, who talks really well and we also need some midfielders who talk really well – we’ve just lost Jake Hessenthaler, who does that.

“I like what I see from Ben when he’s doing his bits and pieces – I like what he says.”

Holloway also revealed he’s waiting patiently over a loan deal to bring Sunderland midfielder Ethan Robson back to Blundell Park.

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The January transfer window deadline is Friday at 11pm, ahead of Saturday’s home League Two fixture with Forest Green Rovers (3pm).

Holloway said: “I’m waiting on somebody else for that situation, and that’s them – they either get somebody else in, or keep him and they might use him because he has done well.

“From speaking to his manager, Phil Parkinson, he likes the boy but it’s positional-wise that he would like something else.

“And if he gets that then he might let us have Ethan, so I was prepared to wait for that.

“And if it doesn’t happen then it doesn’t happen because I quite like some of our young lads as well.

“I would love Ethan back, but I think Elliott Whitehouse is important, Josh Benson has come in and done well, and obviously we’ve got an ongoing problem with Hessenthaler and we’ll see how that goes.

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“I would really like to get it all done, shut, closed, and out the way.”

Jake Hessenthaler is out with a broken rib, ligament damage across his shoulder and collarbone, and a punctured lung, which he suffered in Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Stevenage.

Matt Green has trained today, Ahkeem Rose has trained the last two days, and Jordan Cook continues his recovery.


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