Former Barrow Ace Joins League Two Rivals

Grimsby Town have announced the signing of former Halifax Town right back Tyrell Warren following his release from fellow League Two outfit Barrow, as confirmed via a statement on X.

The 25-year-old has joined the Lincolnshire club on a two-year-deal after making 69 appearances under Pete Wild across his two years with Barrow, scoring on four occasions in League Two.

Often a favorite of Pete Wild’s, Warren followed the recently-departed Barrow manager to Holker Street from Halifax Town following a campaign at The Shay which saw Warren star in a fourth-place finish in The National League in the 2021-22 season.

During his time at Barrow, the former Manchester United academy graduate was integral to a lot of the success that The Bluebirds have enjoyed in the recent two League Two campaigns, establishing themselves firmly in the top half of the fourth tier while playing at both right-back and in central defence.

Now David Artell’s first summer recruit at Blundell Park, the right-back will link-up again with his former Halifax teammate Kieran Green. Warren will add to the back-line which was not up to standard for large parts of last season – conceding 72 goals while also being on the end of a 6-1 loss to Walsall and a 5-1 loss to Doncaster Rovers which resulted towards a 21st-place finish.

Hoping to progress further up the table this season after last term flattered to deceive, the right-back position at Blundell Park was a notable area throughout the 2023-24 campaign, where Toby Mullarkey, Liam Smith and Harry Clifton were often interchanged in the Mariners’ backline.

After making his first summer addition, former Crewe Alexandra coach David Artell said in an interview on Grimsby Town’s Official Website:

“We’re delighted, we’ve moved quickly to get it done. He’s got an impressive pedigree coming through Manchester United, he’s now found his feet in professional football and done well under Pete (Wild) at Barrow.

“We feel as though there’s even more to come, so we’re looking forward to developing him and making even better than what he already is, we’re really excited.”

Also, upon making his switch to North Lincolnshire, the right back stated:

“I had a zoom meeting with the gaffer and it was really good, I was very impressed with what I was shown.”

Writer’s View

Warren is an astute, stable addition to Grimsby. Despite his appearances becoming more limited at Barrow last term, his pedigree at League Two level is clear to see after proving a reliable man under Pete Wild and he should get more opportunities at Grimsby.

As previously mentioned, the Mariners were crying out for a right-back after last campaign where a consistent right-sided defender was never quite found, and still 25 with his best years ahead of him, this could prove a great addition for the coastal club.

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