Matt Dean, a Sports Reporter for Look North and BBC Radio Humberside, claims that Sky Bet League Two side Grimsby Town are hoping to sign Derby County striker Charles Vernam. The forward spent time on loan at Blundell Park last season, but the Mariners are now seeking a permanent deal.
The 21-year-old made nine appearances for the club last season during his temporary switch. He managed to net one goal during that period, which came in the January away draw at Colchester United. Injury however prevented him from playing more, and his final game came in March. He may entertain a permanent move to Grimsby.
A factor in this deal potentially going ahead is that Vernam has strong links to the area. He grew up and attended school in the region. It is unlikely he will be breaking into Frank Lampard’s starting eleven any time soon, and now might be the time for him to push for regular football elsewhere. He has one solitary FA Cup substitute appearance to his name in the Derby first team.
It was always going to be tough for the youngster to make a major impact during his loan stint. He ultimately joined a side that was desperately low on confidence and in poor form. In the end, they managed to avoid relegation, and manager Michael Jolley has started to add his own faces to the group. He is confident of an improved showing this time around, as are the supporters. A poll currently being run on the Grimsby Telegraph website clearly states Grimsby fans would back resigning Vernam.