GRIMSBY KEEN TO KEEP OLLIE PALMER
Grimsby Town step up efforts to keep Ollie Palmer
By Grimsby Telegraph
PAUL Hurst is set to continue discussions with Mansfield boss Adam Murray today as he bids to tie Ollie Palmer down to a longer stay with Grimsby Town.
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The Stags striker is currently on a one-month loan deal at Blundell Park, which expires after the trip to Forest Green a week on Saturday.
However, after already notching two goals in his five impressive appearances so far for the Mariners, Hurst is keen to see him stick around for longer and revealed after Tuesday night's victory over Eastleigh - in which Palmer was the match-winner - he was 'hopeful' a deal could be done.
The Telegraph understands that Hurst is set to continue discussions with Murray today, with sources close to the Nottinghamshire club suggesting that the Stags will be open to extending Palmer's stay with Town.
Speaking after that 1-0 victory over the Spitfires, the man himself said that, provided the deal suits all parties, he'd have no qualms about signing on for the run-in.
"I'm really enjoying myself here - the boys have been fantastic and the fans have been phenomenal so I've got no qualms about staying here - I'm looking forward to it," he said.
"I'm in a winning changing room and I want to stay in a winning changing room. We'll see how things go - there's a few parties involved so we'll have to see.
"Hopefully it can all be sorted out that I can stay - make no bones about it, I'm enjoying it and I want to be involved in the push."
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Murray also had praise for frontman Ollie Palmer, who is currently out on a one-month loan at Grimsby Town which is due to expire in early February.
Palmer has so far bagged two goals in three Vanarama Premier appearances for the Mariners - one on his debut against Barnet and one on Tuesday night in a win away at Eastleigh.
“He’s done well, he’s scored goals and that was the whole point of him going out on loan,” added our gaffer.
“We’re looking at the situation. What I won’t do is bring him back to just sit around. If I feel that he’ll effect the starting eleven, we’ll look at him, but he’s doing what we sent him out to do.”
A few other observations: Disley was good in central midfield for Grimsby, very solid. Nathan Arnold very lively on the right wing. Palmer was the star man, and went close with two other chances in the second half, one just a whisker wide with the keeper beaten causing problems all night. Before his goal, he had a 1-on-1 but overran the ball through to the keeper, and soon afterwards had a shot into the side-netting following a corner.
Christian Jolley made his Grimsby debut and was diabolical. He was taken off in the second half.
Dan Spence played at full back for Eastleigh. He did ok but nothing more. Midson and Constable got no change from the Grimsby defence all night. Yemi Odubade came on with half an hour to go and livened Eastleigh up, as did former Woking striker Craig McAllister, but they rarely looked like equalising. - Martin
Grimsby Town keen to extend Ollie Palmer loan if Mansfield agree
By Grimsby Telegraph, January 26, 2015
PAUL Hurst has confirmed he will look into the possibility of keeping Ollie Palmer at Grimsby Town until the end of the season.
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Once again, Palmer shone in the Mariners' 2-0 win over Nuneaton on Saturday, having also impressed in the stunning 3-1 victory over Barnet the previous weekend.
The 23-year-old is currently midway through a one-month loan spell from Mansfield and his performances have already led to calls for his stay to be extended.
And Hurst says that he too would like to see the 6'5" frontman stick around for longer.
But he acknowledges that Palmer - and his parent club - will also have a big say in that.
"It's not entirely up to me - it's about the player and his club, but certainly on Saturday, he showed elements of his game that I like," he said.
"He's got a willingness to run at the opposition and he's got tidier feet than a traditional big man and I've been impressed with him."
He added: "We'd initially discussed about taking him until the end of the season, but I don't know if he was willing to commit straight away until he'd had a look at us and that's fair enough.
"In saying that, I'd be surprised if he wouldn't happily extend it now, but a lot of it depends on Mansfield and how they're fixed, if they get an injury, they might need him back."
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