The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FOURTH ROUND - By Tom Black­ett

JAMES McK­e­own wants to leave Grimsby Town af­ter the Mariners ex­tended the stay of loa­nee keeper Dean Hen­der­son.

The Manch­ester United stop­per has ex­tended his tem­po­rary move at Blun­dell Park un­til the end of the sea­son.

Hen­der­son, 19, made his de­but on Box­ing Day and has kept four clean sheets in six games.

McK­e­own has been told that he is now con­sid­ered the back-up, but he wants reg­u­lar first team foot­ball and has sub­mit­ted a trans­fer re­quest.

The 27-year-old is a fans’ favourite and was widely con­sid­ered the best goalie out­side of the EFL when Grimsby were in the Na­tional League. He was cov­eted by a host of League clubs.

But he chose to stay with the club and helped the Mariners to pro­mo­tion through the play-offs last sea­son, end­ing their sixyear Foot­ball League ex­ile.

He signed a new twoyear deal in the sum­mer un­der then-boss Paul Hurst, who has since left for the man­ager’s role at League One side Shrews­bury Town and been re­placed by Mar­cus Big­not.

The man­ager, who ar­rived from Non-League out­fit Soli­hull Moors last Novem­ber, will be des­per­ate for the trans­fer win­dow to close on Tues­day with clubs eye­ing up star Omar Bogle.

The 19-goal striker has been the sub­ject of three re­jected bids in the win­dow so far. Cham­pi­onship out­fit Read­ing are one of the clubs in­ter­ested, even though boss Jaap Stam this week claimed, no doubt mis­chie­vously, he hadn’t heard of the for­mer Soli­hull for­ward.

Big­not is keen to add a cou­ple of fresh faces be­fore the trans­fer win­dow closes. He told the

“We are just short on that phys­i­cal­ity, and in terms of bal­ance with left foot­ers. Hope­fully we can get two more across the line. If we don’t, we don’t.

FU­TURE: James McK­e­own

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