Grimsby Town welcome new trio of young players

David Artell has got to work on bolstering his options across the board at Grimsby Town in the January transfer window, as the club confirmed the arrival of three new players.

Ahead of the Mariners league game at home to Notts County, the Mariners have brought in 24-year-old centre-back Doug Tharme, 21-year-old midfielder Harry Wood and 19-year-old striker Justin Obikwu.

Wood and Obikwu have arrived on loan deals until the end of the season from Championship clubs Hull City and Coventry City respectively, while Tharme has arrived on an undisclosed fee from Blackpool for an undisclosed fee, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal.


Tharme has not had any opportunity to feature for Blackpool in the league this term, but had a productive loan spell with Accrington Stanley last season, playing alongside Town’s summer acquisition of centre-back Harvey Rodgers, making 37 appearances.

The 24-year-old started at Wrexham, but it was an impressive spell in the National League North with Southport which allowed him to make the jump up to the EFL with the Tangerines.

Grimsby have a good loan relationship with Humberside neighbours Hull, with the Tigers having sent Andy Smith and current starting goalkeeper Harvey Cartwright their way in recent seasons, and now Wood arrives, hoping to build on his recent stint in Ireland with Shelbourne.

The 21-year-old had eight goal contributions in 14 league games for the League of Ireland outfit, helping to a European qualifying spot for next season.

Finally, the youngest and least experienced of the three signings is centre-forward Obikwu, with Artell mindful that he will be playing a back role to first-choice striker Danny Rose. Regardless, the 19-year-old makes the first loan move of his professional career, with Coventry wanting the youngster to get some senior football experience having featured regularly in Mark Robins’ matchday squads in the first part of this season.

On each arrival, Artell said: “Harry [Wood]’s an exciting project. He can get forward, create goals and score goals and that’s what we have brought him to do from a midfield position. It’s exciting and hopefully, he settles in well. He’s been keen to join us, and the plan is that he can add to what we have already started here.

“Justin [Obikwu] is young, energetic, quick, and strong and he runs in behind. There are elements of his game that he still has to work on, but what he does provide is something that we haven’t got and that is real raw pace up the top end of the pitch.

“It’s his first loan so we’ve got to be a little bit careful with him and not expect too much too soon, but everyone at Coventry and ourselves think he’s ready for first-team football

“Doug [Tharme] is a big strong lad and someone we have been tracking for a while. We’re excited to get the deal done because it’s an area we need to strengthen. We’re delighted to get someone in Doug who really wants to be here, really wants to improve with us and I’m looking forward to working with him.”

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