Blue Square Bet
Published 17th May 2012
....a squad capable of challenging for promotion from the Blue Square Bet Premier.
The hunt for new players will soon gather pace, and the Grimsby Telegraph understands there will be few clubs in the Conference Premier to rival Town's financial clout. Mariners shareholder and figurehead John Fenty said the budget for players is "comparable" to previous years and that the club is "well equipped" to mount a serious and sustained assault on the top spots.
Fenty said: "The managers have put proposals to us that involve a squad of twenty-two professional players – and we tend to subscribe to that.
"There will be chopping and changing but the managers have some fresh ideas and I am very optimistic. The managers have a had a full year in this division now and they know the level and the players very well. They are hard-working and relentless in the pursuit of new players. I take my hat off to them for that. They have been going to game after game looking at potential targets."
While new players putting pen-to-paper on new deals may be some way off, Fenty revealed early talks had already begun with "two or three" key targets.
He said the most sought-after players in the market place are likely to either be snapped up early in the summer – or right at the end, after they have waited for the best offer to come in for them.
"Often the best players will either sign straight away if there is a really good deal on the table for them, or they will play the field and wait," he said.
Fenty added that he expects transfer activity to be mainly of the incoming variety from now on, and that there has been no interest from other clubs in acquiring the services of star striker Liam Hearn.