Mariners miss out on non-league hotshot

Grimsby Town has missed out on the signing of in-form striker Ricardo German after the non-league hotshot opted to move to the Mariners’ League Two rivals Crawley Town.

A report from Just Football reveals that the Mariners, as well as Port Vale, Cambridge United and a host of National League clubs,  were in the race for the highly-rated Hendon forward.

But the Hendon website reports that the striker has turned down a new deal with the Greens, ahead of the January transfer window opening tomorrow.

German, the brother of former Stockport favourite Antonio, began his career with Chesterfield but made just nine league appearances for the Spireites in two seasons with the Derbyshire club.

The Londoner instead gained experience on loan at Alfreton Town, Sheffield and Matlock Town, before being released from the Proact Stadium at the end of last season, following the Spireites’ relegation to the National League.

German hooked up with Hendon in the Southern League Premier Division South and has caught the attention of clubs higher up the pyramid after a stunning record of 21 goals in 28 games for the Greens.

QPR was the first to register their interest in the striker earlier in the campaign, although a deal never materialised and the Mariners were amongst a quartet of League Two clubs that had the former Chesterfield man scouted during the course of the campaign.

A statement from Hendon read: “Ricardo German – who was unwilling to sign a contract with us – has also played his last game for the club and is expected to sign for Crawley Town when the transfer window opens on New Years Day.”

The 19-year-old’s style of play has been compared to England international Jamie Vardy, who also plied his trade in non-league. The Red Devils will be hoping that the striker will be able to support ex-Mariner Ollie Palmer in the goalscoring charts.

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