‘Can only imagine it’s a finance issue’ – These Grimsby Town fans react to club’s retained list

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.


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