Grimsby Town sign Nottingham Forest youngster

Grimsby Town have signed 16-year-old defender Adam Blakeley from Nottingham Forest.

The right-back, who is from Derbyshire, has penned a two-year scholarship after being released by Forest.

Blakeley had played for Forest since he was eight years old and has been described by a source close to his former club as ‘dedicated and passionate about football’.

Yesterday, he was confirmed by Grimsby Town as one of eight new scholars to put pen-to-paper on scholarship deals.

The other players were Patrick Boyes, who joins from Hull City; Aidan Walker, Harvey Drinkell, Jamie Potts, Joshua Smaller, Luis Adlard and Owen Davey.

Academy Manager Neil Woods recently stated in an interview with iFollow that ‘three of the nine’ new scholars had been signed from other clubs.

Given that Boyes and Blakeley are the only external signings on an eight-man list, it seems that a final signing is yet to be confirmed.

The ability and potential of Blakeley and Boyes will likely have been spotted by Dave Collins, the Mariners’ Head of Academy Recruitment.

Collins was also responsible for the signings of Mattie Pollock, Jock Curran and Rumarn Burrell.

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