Grimsby Town Football Club are pleased to announce the signing of 19-year-old midfielder Jay Matete on loan from Fleetwood Town until the end of the season.
At the age of 17, Matete joined the Fleetwood Town academy system as a full-time scholar in 2018 following a spell at Sky Bet Championship side Reading. In February 2020, Matete was awarded with his first professional contract at the club after featuring in all three of the club's EFL Trophy fixtures that season.
During the current campaign, Matete has continued to earn more first-team opportunities and has currently made a total of 13 appearances in all competitions.
We caught up with the midfielder this afternoon following his first training session with his new teammates. "I am excited to just come and down to play football!", said Matete. "I just want to come in and help the team. I enjoyed it today, it was a good session. There was a lot of energy and a good atmosphere as well within the squad.
"I wanted to get out on loan so I spoke to my agent and told him what I wanted and when I heard that Grimsby were interested, I thought it would be a great experience. I like to get on the ball, I like running with the ball and I like tackling, I've come here to hopefully show people what I can do and build and become a better player.
"I had a little chat with the manager and he told me to just play my game, enjoy the experience and just help the team. We're in a bit of a relegation battle at the minute aren't we, so I just want to come in, help the team get out of this position and stay in the division and I definitely think I can help. I have trained today and there are definitely some good players here so if we get going, string a few wins together then I don't think we will have a problem staying up".
Manager Paul Hurst also spoke exclusively to gtfc.co.uk to discuss his latest signing. "I think he's full of energy, certainly will force mistakes out of the opposition and can play", said Hurst.
"I think it's the energy that he brings and the fact he's been playing in League One he will be someone that can come in and add competition and I think he will give us a little more legs in the centre of the pitch, which is something that I believe that we need.
"I think they've let him out to gain some extra experience, rather than it being in terms of him not being in their plans moving forward. As a young player, in what is a very good Fleetwood squad and you look at the midfield options that they've had this season, for him to have forced himself into that speaks volumes".
Jay will wear the number 20 shirt for the Mariners. You can see if he will make his debut for the club this Saturday as we make the short journey to Scunthorpe United for a 1pm kick-off. You can purchase a match pass online via iFollow Mariners.