One glaring gap in Ian Holloway’s Grimsby Town squad ahead of the new season is on the left-side of defence.
The Town boss recently brought Tunisian international Bilel Mohsni to Blundell Park, and he looks set to be one of Holloway’s first choice centre back options, alongside one of Ludvig Ohman, Luke Waterfall or Mattie Pollock.
With Luke Hendrie and Elliott Hewitt available for the right back slot, the Mariners look short on the left-side of defence, especially given the departures of Bradley Garmston and Anthony Driscoll-Glennon at the end of last season.
But our sources in North Lincolnshire have suggested that the Mariners could be in the running for former Fleetwood and Shrewsbury defender Junior Brown.
The 31-year-old is also wanted by Town’s rivals Scunthorpe United, where he ended last season on loan from Coventry City.
Brown was released by the Sky Blues in July, having spent last season on loan at Glanford Park.
The former Shrewsbury man was one of the few standout performers for the Iron last term and it’s believed that new Scunthorpe boss Neil Cox is keen to being the left-footed player back to Glanford Park on a more permanent basis.
But those same sources also believe that Town boss Holloway is monitoring the situation closely, with the intention of making his own move for the Crewe-born star.
Brown began his career with his hometown club in 2007 but made his name in non league with Kidsgrove Athletic, Northwich Victoria, FC Halifax Town and Fleetwood Town.
He helped the latter into the Football League in 2012, before spending time on loan at Tranmere Rovers and then moving to Mansfield Town in 2014.
Junior excelled at Shrewsbury, firstly under his former Fleetwood boss Micky Mellon, and then ex-Town manager Paul Hurst.
But he turned down a new deal with the Shrews at the end of the 2017/18 season. Instead, the player joined Coventry City, before his loan spell at Scunthorpe last term. Brown made a total of 24 appearances in all competitions for the Iron until the end of January.