EXCLUSIVE | Mariners set to complete striker signing

Grimsby Town are finally set to complete their first new signing of the summer with the arrival of a new striker early next week.

The Mariners are set to beat out a rival League Two club to the signing of Salford City striker Matt Green, who was granted his release from the Ammies on Saturday.

As exclusively revealed on this site last week, Michael Jolley expressed an interest in the former Lincoln City and Mansfield Town star, as the Mariners’ boss looks to bolster the attacking options at Blundell Park.

Green joined Salford midway through last season but struggled to settle with the Football League newcomers, despite helping them to promotion from the Conference, and sources in Lincoln, where the player is based, have confirmed that the forward is due to sign a two-year deal at Blundell Park next week.

The former Birmingham man will become the highest-paid player at Blundell Park, but the Mariners have had to work hard to beat off an eleventh hour bid for the player, believed to be from Cambridge United.

Green started his senior career at Conference South club Newport County in 2005, having been released from Bristol City’s youth academy. He made 56 league appearances for Newport County in a two-season spell at the club, before joining Championship side Cardiff City in January 2007.

Having made six appearances for Cardiff during the 2006–07 season, he had three loan spells away from the club the following season: one at League Two club Darlington in October 2007, where he made five appearances, and two for Conference Premier side Oxford United, where he made 21 appearances.

Released by Cardiff at the end of the 2007–08 season, he switched to Conference side Torquay United in May 2008. He made 29 league appearances for the Gulls during the 2008–09 season, but joined Oxford United for a third loan spell the following season.

Having made 41 league appearances for Oxford during the 2009–10 season, Matt scored in the Conference Play Off Final victory over York at Wembley, which sealed the U’s return to the Football League.

He signed a permanent deal with the club, where he made a further 17 appearances, and then spent the latter half of the 2010–11 season on loan to League Two side Cheltenham Town, where he made 19 league appearances before joining Conference side Mansfield Town in July 2011, initially on loan, but permanently from January 2012 onwards.

Matt made 87 league appearances for Mansfield, scoring 54 goals, including winning both the Conference Title and Conference Golden Boot award in 2013.

Green then signed for Championship club Birmingham City, where he spent two seasons, one-and-a-half of which were lost to injury. He returned to Mansfield, where he was nearly ever-present for two seasons, then spent 18 months at Lincoln City, with whom he won the 2017–18 EFL Trophy, before signing for Salford City in December 2018.

Matt scored four times in 21 outings for City, as they won promotion to the Football League through the Conference Play Offs.

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