Grimsby Town released a number of players yesterday as the League Two season grinds to a halt.
The Mariners have played their last game as they’re not involved in the end of season lottery that is the play-offs, meaning they can announce their retained list. Jake Hessenthaler, Elliott Whitehouse, Harry Davis, Bradley Garmston, Brandon Buckley, Elliot Grandin, Harry Cardwell, Ahkeem Rose and Jordan Cook have all be shown the door at the club.
Grimsby, managed by Ian Holloway, showed an upturn in fortune after parting company with Michael Jolley and ended their season on a high by beating local rivals Scunthorpe United. There are a handful of surprises on the list, with Whitehouse having scored three times in 25 starts and Hessenthaler having started 28 league games.
The loss of former Gillingham midfielder Hessenthaler is the one which seems to trouble Grimsby fans the most. He’s arguably been one of the more consistent players for the club this season and his influence in the middle of the park will be sorely missed.
However, with the impact of the current pandemic still to fully hit, clubs have to cut their cloth accordingly and although these fans don’t want to see him go, they’re also acutely aware of the fact finances are going to be much tighter pressing forward.
Pretty pleased with it apart from Hess. Completely understandable though through this extremely tough financial period. Hopefully we will be able to still get a decent squad together for next season
— Wacko Walton (@WackoWalton) May 21, 2020
Nah ! should have kept Hess at all costs. Quality player !!!
— Matt Martin (@gtfcmatt) May 21, 2020
Look at pretty much every comment to this, everyone agrees with you aswell as myself. Can only imagine it’s a finance issues as he’s arguably our best player
— Matthew? (@gtfcmattie) May 21, 2020
Maybe the club will revisit some of the options at a later date? Unfortunately dont have the money at the moment to be offering deals to all we would have liked too
— Connor Swales (@ConnSwales) May 21, 2020
Big loss in tough times losing @Hessenthaler8_J, surely one of the top performers cm's in the league and would of only got better under olly. Can only assume too much of a wage drop for living so far away from home
— Lord Mooney (@moonaldoodaldoo) May 21, 2020
Surprised with Hess but I think we will be alright without even though he is a brilliant player I think we can still do good without him
— Frazer Harness (@Frazermariner) May 21, 2020
Only Hess will be a loss me thinks but in Holloway we trust ⚫️⚪️?
— Mark Wheldrake (@Mariner_72) May 21, 2020
Very very shocked with. Hessenthaler
— Andy Clark (@AndyClark5) May 21, 2020