grimsby town, Grimsby Town agree swoop for out-of-contract League One defender

Grimsby Town agree swoop for out-of-contract League One defender

Grimsby Town have agreed to sign defender Matty Carson as his Reading deal winds down, reporter Pete O’Rourke has said on X.

Grimsby Town are preparing for another season of League Two football after successfully staving off relegation from the Football League.

It will be hoped that the Mariners can kick on under Dave Artell in the new campaign. Fresh faces will be a must as the former Crewe Alexandra boss shapes the squad to his liking at Blundell Park.

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Now, it has been claimed that a new face is set to arrive at the North Lincolnshire outfit.

Writing on X, reporter Pete O’Rourke states that Grimsby Town have reached an agreement to sign left-back Matty Carson, who is leaving League One side Reading at the end of his contract later this month.

O’Rourke states that Carson is poised to put pen to paper on a two-year deal with the Mariners as he embarks on a new chapter away from the Royals.

Chester-born Carson, 21, played 30 times last season, with 17 of those coming at first-team level.

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Kicking on elsewhere

Carson found action with Reading in the early stages of the 2023/24 campaign but as the season progressed, he dropped down the ranks and returned to the U21s setup.

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The left-back fell down the pecking order under Ruben Selles but put in some impressive performances in the Premier League 2. Overall, Carson managed three goals and five assists across all competitions.

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Having previously spent time on the academy books at Burnley and Accrington Stanley, Carson will be determined to kick on and find regular first-team football at his next club.

He has found minutes in lower league loans before but with Grimsby Town, Carson will be keen to prove himself in the Football League.

A busy summer ahead

Should Carson come through the doors at Blundell Park, he’ll become their third signing of the summer.

So far, goalkeeper Jordan Wright has signed from local rivals Lincoln City on a free transfer and Tyrell Warren has arrived from fellow League Two side Barrow on a permanent basis.

A number of first-team players will be moving on when their deals expire at the end of this month, so Artell has some work to do to plug the gaps in his Mariners side.

Grimsby Town endured a tough 2023/24 season. They’ll be keen to make noticeable improvements when the new campaign comes around and fresh additions like Carson should aid their bid to do just that.

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