Grimsby Town in advanced talks with versatile Brighton attacker

Grimsby Town are in advanced talks with versatile Brighton forward James Tilley as reported by Football Insider.

The twenty-one-year-old is currently on loan in the National League with Yeovil Town, but the report claims Brighton are ready to recall the player to allow him to sign for the Mariners on a permanent deal.

Tilley has impressed during his loan spell at the Glovers making twenty appearances and helping guide Darren Sarll’s men to second place in the table.


The report claims a source at Grimsby has told Football Insider that new boss Ian Holloway is a big admirer of the playmaker and sees him as a vital addition to his plans at Blundell Park.

The versatile forward can play on either wing, in attacking midfield or as a striker and with his contract set to expire in the summer and his first-team chances on the south coast limited, Brighton are now ready to let him move on.

Tilley made his senior Brighton debut in the Championship at the tender age of sixteen and went on to make two further first-team appearances for the Seagulls, including scoring the winning goal against Barnet in the Carabao Cup in 2017.

Charismatic Holloway is unbeaten in his first three games in charge at Grimsby after a 1-1 draw at Leyton Orient on Saturday. His side are currently seventeenth in League Two.

Our View

Popular at Yeovil, Tilley could be a decent addition for Holloway who continues to shake things up at Blundell Park.

Versatile players are always useful in the lower leagues, and Tilley would give Holloway several attacking options.

O’Rourke is usually reliable we expect to see Tilley at Grimsby in the next few days.




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