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Coke Extends Mariners Stay

9 June 2021

Dale Ladson

Grimsby Town Football Club are pleased to announce that midfielder, Giles Coke has penned a new one-year-deal with the Mariners.

The experienced midfielder joined Paul Hurst's side back in February, after receiving permission from the EFL and FA following a contract dispute and went on to become a solid figure in the central midfield role. 

Despite not playing in front of supporters during his time at the club during his seventeen appearances, Giles quickly became a firm favourite amongst the fan base, through his no-nonsense approach, tough tackling and calming influence in the centre of midfield. 

Giles spoke exclusively to gtfc.co.uk fresh from signing his new deal for the club, with no hesitations surrounding his decisions to commit to the Mariners. "No [it didn't take much time to decide], like I said when the season finished, I always wanted to stay at the club. There were a few things that needed to be tweaked, but I was always going to sign once the manager had offered me a contract. 

"It's always nice and a great achievement for the manager to give me the captaincy like he did and I loved it. I think I am experienced enough now to become a captain when called upon and it's something that I really enjoyed.

"I said last season in an interview that if we didn't stay up then for me personally, it is a failure. It still is a failure to me which I am very disappointed about, but I was here for three months, I really, really enjoyed myself, I really liked the staff, really liked the players and it is just a shame that the fans weren't here. I have heard some really good things about the fans, we sell out all the tickets we get away so I am really looking forward to playing in front of them". 

Manager Paul Hurst also sat down with us and explained to us just why Giles was fully deserving of his new deal with the club. "He has similar attributes like we talked about with Shaun in terms of how he conducts himself", said Hurst. 

"I think the impression that he made coming in in January from everything that I heard or read, the fans thought that he was one of our better players in what was a difficult season. I look back to when I first brought him in on trial, the work that he put in to put himself fit, with no promises of anything and to some people, that might seem the most obvious of things to do, but there are others that do not do that. 

"When you're talking about someone is of the age that Giles is at and some of the clubs that he has played for, it would have been easy for him to not have committed the way that he did. He was brought in simply out of his own pocket and desire to earn himself a deal which he did until the end of the season but showed me more than enough in his performances and how well he was respected by quietly going about his business in speaking to players and taking time. 

"Another player that came out of the season was Jay Matete who we had on loan. I think if you spoke to Jay, he would be the first person who would say that he benefited massively from having Giles in midfield alongside him. Whether that was in games or on the training pitch, just around the place and that again is something that will help the younger players in particular and throughout the season".

You will be able to watch Giles' first interview back with the club below, alongside a catch up with Paul Hurst via our official YouTube channel. 

Welcome back Giles!


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