Derby County Under 23s midfielder Charles Vernam has joined Sky Bet League Two side Grimsby Town on loan until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old has featured five times for the Rams’ academy side this season and has scored three goals, which have come against Liverpool, West Ham United and Arsenal.

Vernam has featured once for Derby’s first team, making his debut during an FA Cup victory over West Bromwich Albion in January 2017.

The attacking midfielder moved to Derbyshire in 2012, joining from Scunthorpe United’s academy.

In 2016, Vernam got his first taste of senior football when he spent two and half months on loan with Icelandic first division side ÍBV Vestmannaeyja. During his time there, he scored twice in 11 appearances.

After making his senior debut for the Rams, Vernam then spent four months out on loan with then Sky Bet League One side Coventry City, who were subsequently relegated at the end of the campaign, despite lifting the Checkatrade Trophy. Vernam only made four appearances for the Sky Blues during his time at the third-tier outfit.

Since making his debut for Darren Wassall’s academy side in 2014, Vernam has played for the young Rams 51 times, scoring 13 goals and providing nine assists.

Grimsby manager Russell Slade will be hoping that his new recruit will be able to continue the impressive form that Vernam has shown for the Under 23s this season at Blundell Park as the Mariners hope to climb up the league standings.

Slade’s side are currently 15th in the Sky Bet League Two table, nine points behind the playoff places and 13 points clear of relegation.

The Mariners are next in action on Saturday where they will face Newport County on home soil and Vernam could make his debut against the Welsh side.



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