Grimsby Town have bolstered their options at left-back with the signing of Denver Hume from Portsmouth on a permanent deal until the end of the season.
Hume signed from Sunderland in January 2022 for £200,000 under the reign of Danny Cowley, however the move never worked out. He totalled 31 appearances, including two Bristol Street Motors Trophy outings this summer, while Pompey have been keen to offload him since April last year.
He made 84 appearances for the Black Cats after coming through their academy and now arrives with Town hoping to get back to playing regularly, with the club paying an undisclosed fee to bring him to Blundell Park ahead of his contract expiring at Portsmouth.
Hume initially turned down a switch to Grimsby at the end of the last transfer window with previous boss Paul Hurst wanting to sign him, but the avenue opened up again for the 25-year-old with discussions progressing on Wednesday night to get to confirmation on Thursday afternoon.
Grimsby boss David Artell was impressed by Hume in his previous encounters with the player and with the recommendation of others wanted to bring him to Town to help him rediscover his best form.
He said: “We are delighted to get Denver over the line, he is an extremely talented boy. You don’t get bought by a club like Portsmouth if you’re not a good player!
“I’ve come across him before when he was at Sunderland and Portsmouth and in those games he was outstanding. He’s a player that can go both inside and outside the pitch, up and down.
“He’s a good character, I spoke to John Harley at Portsmouth and one of the players there as well about him and they both gave him glowing recommendations, so I know he’s a good kid.
“We want him to come in, hit the ground running, be solid defensively, get up the pitch like we know he can and affect the game. So I’m excited to be working with Denver and hopefully, he can help us win some games.’’
Town could potentially let Danny Amos leave the club to make way for Hume, with the latter to compete with Anthony Glennon for the left-back spot in Artell’s team. York City are one of the clubs said to be interested in Amos, whose contract with Town expires in the summer.
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