Youth team trio offered first pro contracts
HURST HOPES PLAYERS WILL ACCEPT FIRST TEAM TERMS
PAUL Hurst has confirmed Grimsby Town have offered professional deals to three of the club’s youth team players ahead of the summer.
Evan Khouri, who made his league debut for the Mariners in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Bolton Wanderers, is among the trio to be offered contracts, along with defender Jaz Goundry and forward Luis Adlard.
Khouri was named in Hurst’s starting line-up for the first time after impressing with his performances for the youth team, having joined Town from West Ham United’s academy in the summer of 2019. Goundry also joined the Mariners that same summer, having previously been involved in the setup at Sheffield United, and has played a big part in the Under-18s’ success this season. Adlard, meanwhile, joined the club at under-nines level, and made his first team debut in 2019 in the EFL Trophy before going on to make his league debut this season after coming off the bench against Crawley.
The trio are yet to make their decisions, but Hurst is hopeful they will all become part of his first team squad for next season.
“We offered three players contracts on Friday,” Hurst confirmed. “Evan’s one of those, and I’m hoping they all sign, I’d like to think they will. “That’s credit to those boys, but also to Neil (Woods) and Callum (Lester) and the work that they put in with those young players.”
The trio’s futures could depend on interest from elsewhere - reports have linked some high-profile clubs with some of the Town academy’s brightest stars this year, including Louis Boyd and Ben Grist.
“We’ve had a lot of scouts at the games, we’ve had a relatively strong youth team again, and that’s credit to the lads again.
“There’s always things said, I was asked about another young player and bids. At the minute, that’s gone quiet. “There’s always fuss around people, and you have to check where all the noise is coming from, but they’re our players and we hope they can have a future with us.”