We can confirm that Max Crocombe has left the Club after turning down a new deal.
The 29-year-old signed for the Mariners on a one-year deal in July 2021, initially as back-up to James McKeown, but went on to claim the number one shirt during the second half of the campaign and made 30 appearances, including all the play-off games.
The 6-foot-4 stopper then appeared in all 59 games last season, as Town reached the FA Cup quarter finals and achieved a 11th place finish in League Two.
His form between the sticks earned the New Zealand-born goalkeeper an international re-call earlier this month and Crocombe looks set to add to the two caps he’s already received in their up-coming games against Sweden and Qatar.
Speaking of his time with the Mariners, Crocombe said: “I had a good chat with the manager and it’s nice that I’m able to leave on good terms. It’s been a great environment to play my football over the last two seasons and it’s been an absolutely amazing ride.
“When I signed, I don’t think anyone would have predicted how much success we were going to have as a Club during that time. It was amazing to play my small part in those achievements.
“I want to thank everyone for their support during my time with the Club. My teammates, who I created such great bonds with. The staff, who have been brilliant from top to bottom – the gaffer, Doigy, Greg Howard, Steve Croudson, Jason, Andrew and Debbie and everyone else behind the scenes. And finally, the supporters, who have followed us up and down the country to support their team. They are a credit to themselves and the town.
“I’d like to wish the Club the very best of luck for the future. Grimsby Town will always hold a special place in my heart.”
Speaking about Crocombe’s departure, Paul Hurst said: “Max informed me yesterday that he’s decided to turn our offer down. He leaves us on good terms though, as we both have a lot of respect for each other, but we couldn’t quite come to an agreement and unfortunately that’s football sometimes which we both understand.
“He certainly played his part in the success we had over the last couple of seasons and helped create a lot of memories that we all share. I have nothing but good things to say about Max and I’ll certainly be watching with interest for the rest of his career.
“We would like to thank Max for his efforts in a Grimsby Town shirt and wish him well for the future.”
Thanks for everything, Max.