Town face competition for loan star signing

Grimsby Town loan defender Luke Hendrie is close to making his move from Shrewsbury permanent, but the Mariners face competition for the 24-year-old’s signature, according to reports in Shropshire.

It is believed that the Mariners’ Lincolnshire rivals Scunthorpe United are also interested in the versatile performer, who is admired by current Iron boss Stuart McCall from the pair’s time at Bradford City together.

But the capture of Tony McMahon on loan from Oxford United earlier in January may have cooled interest from Glanford Park, paving the way for a switch to Blundell Park.

Although there is also rumoured interest from North of the Border, from an unnamed Scottish Premier League side, which could be another of Hendrie’s former clubs, Kilmarnock.

Another stumbling block for the Mariners is that they will have to pay a fee for Hendrie’s services.

The former Manchester United trainee made a permanent move to Shrewsbury Town last January from Burnley for an undisclosed fee, which is believed to have add-ons attached to it, meaning any deal agreed with the Mariners will have to cover those costs, to not leave the Shrews out of pocket.

Hendrie has been a standout performer for the Mariners this term, making 26 appearances for the club so far.

He showed his versatility in the FA Cup Third Round at Crystal Palace, deputising at centre half in the wake of suspensions and injuries for Michael Jolley’s side. And the player has already indicated to the Grimsby Telegraph that Blundell Park would be his preferred destination of choice, if the deal can be agreed off-the-field.

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