👀 Mariners interested in League One defender

Grimsby Town have stepped up their interest in recently-released Doncaster Rovers defender Tyler Garratt, as Michael Jolley looks to get his summer transfer dealings underway.

The 22-year-old spent the 2018/19 season on loan at AFC Wimbledon, and was let go by his parent club after their League One Play-Off Semi Final defeat to Charlton Athletic last week.

Garratt was born in Lincoln, and spent time on the books of his hometown club as a youngster, before moving to the famed Spanish youth side Costa Unida CF to continue his development in 2011.

It was with Bolton Wanderers where the defender completed his youth apprenticeship, before signing professional terms in 2015.

He made three appearances in the Championship for the Trotters, during his only full season with the club.

Moving to Doncaster in 2016, Garratt was a regular starter at the beginning of Rovers’ League Two promotion season, but he spent much of the campaign on loan at Conference side Eastleigh, where he played eleven league games.

Tyler played a further 21 games in all competitions for Doncaster in 2017/18, before moving to AFC Wimbledon on a season-long loan in August 2018.

He played 13 times for the Dons over the course of the season, his final appearance for the club coming in their FA Cup defeat to Millwall in February.

Towards the end of the season, manager Jolley invited the player to Blundell Park, where he spent two days training with the Mariners’ squad.

Described as an ‘athletic full-back’ by former Dons’ boss Neal Ardley, it is anticipated that Garratt would provide competition on the left side of the defence, alongside Sebastian Ring.

The Swede hasn’t settled in England as well as he would have liked, and sources close to Jolley have indicated he would be open to moving the player on before the close of the summer transfer window in September, should further progress not be made during pre-season.

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