Grimsby Town Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of winger, Jordan Maguire-Drew on an eighteen-month-deal.
Beginning his footballing career at Brighton & Hove Albion at the age of nine, Maguire-Drew spent twelve years at the Seagulls enjoying multiple loan spells at the likes of Lincoln City, Coventry City and most notably Dagenham & Redbridge during the 2016-17 campaign, where he was awarded Young Player of the Year.
In January 2019, Maguire-Drew signed a permanent deal with then National League side, Leyton Orient where he helped the club secure promotion back to the English Football League as Champions. In three seasons at the O's, Maguire-Drew made a total of 73 appearances in all competitions, scoring 12 goals, with a loan move to Crawley Town in January 2021 until the end of the season. Following the expiration of his contract at the club, Maguire-Drew signed for National League rivals Woking, where he spent a short period before now making the move up north to the Mariners.
We sat down with Maguire-Drew this morning at Cheapside after his first training session with his new teammates, with the winger speaking of his delight at making the move to the club.
"All the boys have welcomed me in really well, I know a couple of them from previous clubs but I really enjoyed my first session. They have introduced me to everybody and shown me around, the gaffer has been brilliant and all of the coaching staff have been really welcoming, so I am looking forward to it.
"I feel I will bring lots of creativity, goals, assists, get the crowd off their feet with one vs. ones and I am just looking forward to playing in front of the fans. I have played at Grimsby a couple of times and played against them quite a few times and they have a good away support and I am really looking forward to it.
"I have won this League before with [Leyton] Orient and if I haven't won it, I have always been in and around the playoffs so I want to keep that tradition going. You know what you have to demand from each and every player. You set yourself high standards as a leader on the ball, I can take people on and create chances and that'll help give the defenders time to have a breather and get us up the pitch."
Manager Paul Hurst spoke exclusively to GTTV this afternoon, where he also confirmed his previous interest in bringing Maguire-Drew to the club earlier this year prior to his move to Woking.
"He will bring some quality and an end product which we have discussed recently. He will bring competition to the squad and has been at clubs and produced at various points, he certainly had a really good spell at Orient and knows what this League is about.
"He is someone that I was interested in during pre-season but it had got down the line with Woking and wanted to stick to his word and went there. Obviously, that hasn't worked out for whatever reason, but I don't believe that a player suddenly loses quality, so when I heard there was a possibility for us to sign him, I acted on it quickly and that's why he's here now.
"On Friday, we had quite a bit of chat and it looked like it was a real possibility. It would have been a bit too soon to have him involved in the Boreham Wood game had it gone ahead, he then came up last night, met his teammates today so I am sure he will have no problem settling in.
"I was really impressed from having conversations with him about how much he wanted to come, no ifs and buts and lots of questions about what if this or that happens, it was very much he wanted to come. We had an honest discussion about how his career has gone so far, my expectations of him, talk is easy but I was happy with what he had to say and I am really looking forward to working with him.
"He trained this morning and I have already seen some of the things that he can bring to us with his ability on the ball, his shooting, his crossing and hopefully he can allow us to have a greater threat going forward."
You can watch the full interview with Jordan and manager, Paul Hurst below via our official YouTube channel.
Jordan will wear the number 25 shirt and will be eligible for the Mariners' trip to Dagenham & Redbridge this Saturday.
Welcome to Blundell Park, Jordan!