Hurst on Grimsby Town’s transfer window – ‘opportunities got taken away from us’

Paul Hurst has reflected on Grimsby Town’s transfer window and explained why the club were not able to get expected deadline day deals over the line.

The Mariners made 12 signings this summer, with ten of them being completed before the first pre-season fixture, so that Hurst and his coaching staff had the time to integrate them into the squad. The early business showed the value of planning ahead, with most of the new arrivals being marked as potential signings months in advance.

As the season began, the intent remained to add further signings, especially after pre-season injuries left Hurst light on options, specifically in the attacking areas. Unfortunately, despite pursuing a few names in the final days of the window, Town were unable to complete the moves on deadline day, which has drawn concern from some corners of the fanbase.

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Hurst explained: “We were trying, but what I wasn’t going to do was bring people in for the sake of it. We’d done some very good business earlier in the window and we were almost at our limit in terms of the budget.

“The reality is that we were in for a couple of players, but then we couldn’t make it happen because the opportunities just got taken away from us. That’s the reality of it, we can’t do things the way a couple of clubs in our league can.

“I do feel that it is getting ridiculous in our league and above as well, you see players that have hardly kicked a ball going for large sums of money and it frightens me in truth with regards to the prospects of clubs lower down.”

Hurst’s concerns about the spending power of some clubs at Grimsby’s level connote the enormity of the challenge Town face to bring in highly-pursued targets, which was ultimately why they were unable to get any late deals over the line.

There will be worries about the squad’s capability to deal with injuries in certain positions, but Hurst has chosen not to live in fear of that possibility and clearly trusts in the quality within the current group.

He added: “We’re trying our best to do what we can at this football club and that is right through from the owners. [The fans] might’ve forgotten about the likes of Donovan Wilson and Otis Khan who haven’t kicked a ball for us yet this season.

“When everyone is fit, we are fine, but the issue is when there are a few injuries, with [Charles Vernam] now out as well, you look at the bench [against Gillingham] and attacking-wise we did not have many options.

“We’ve got to get on with it, there is no point crying about it. We’ve got what we’ve got at this stage and if the players can stay fit then we’ll be fine but we’ve lost [Kieran Green] for a significant period and Charles as well so we’re going to have to be careful.”

Original story at https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/sport/

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