Grimsby Town Football Club are delighted to announce that four of our Apprentices have agreed their first professional contracts with the club. We are proud to introduce to you the class of 2022.
Jamie joined the club as a scholar from the northeast where he was previously at Newcastle United. Despite primarily being a centre back, Jamie is equally as comfortable at centre midfield, having played in both positions throughout his time with the club. Jamie has a great range of passing and as an imposing figure standing at 6’3″, he is another player who has been a regular member of the reserve team this year also, adding to his experience despite his young age.
Aaron has progressed all the way through the Mariners’ academy system after impressing during an open trial session at Under 9 level. A tenacious midfielder with an eye for a pass, local lad Braithwaite is from Grimsby and has been an ever-present in the Youth Team and Reserve team this season. Aaron has made the first-team squad this season also in the FA Trophy game away at Stockport. Many Mariners fans were treated to their first sight of Aaron during the 2021/22 pre-season campaign, where he started against Cleethorpes Town, putting in an energetic and impressive performance.
Edwin joined the club as a 10-year-old and attended Tollbar Academy. Edwin is a pacy centre forward and has caught the eye of many after scoring 25 goals so far over his scholarship programme. During his time as a Scholar, Essel has also featured regularly for the Mariners’ Reserve team. Edwin made his first-team debut at Torquay this season in a 3-1 victory and has gone on to make three first-team appearances so far this campaign, including a substitute appearance against Bromsgrove Sporting in the Emirates FA Cup.
Harvey is an attacking midfielder, living in Laceby and attended Healing School. Harvey joined the club at Under 13 from Scunthorpe United and has regularly played in teams for the higher age groups. Harvey has featured regularly for the club’s reserve team over the past two seasons and was included in the first-team squad last season. Harvey has made large contributions to the Youth team over the last three seasons, coming into his own this season, weighing in with an impressive 15 goals and 16 assists so far.
Each of the lads spoke exclusively to GTTV to talk about their progression and delight at penning professional terms with the club. You can watch their first-ever interviews via our official YouTube channel below. Be sure to like & subscribe!