Grimsby defender leaves on loan to league rivals

David Longe-King has temporarily left Blundell Park

Grimsby defender leaves on loan to league rivals

The Mariners have announced that young defender David Longe-King has left the club on loan to National League rivals Woking until the end of the season.

Longe-King joined Town on a free transfer from Newport County in the Summer, but has struggled to get consistent game time with the rejuvenated Luke Waterfall and Ryley Towler or Shaun Pearson often preferred.

He may have found an opportunity with Towler going back to parent club Bristol City, but solid showings from the experienced Pearson and the signing of Hull City defender Andy Smith have put paid to that.

A club statement read: “Grimsby Town Football Club can confirm that defender David Longe-King has joined fellow National League side Woking on loan until the end of the season.

“Longe-King penned a two-year deal with the Mariners in the summer of 2021 following the expiration of his contract at Newport County.

“Since joining the club, he has gone on to make eight appearances in all competitions scoring on one occasion at Bromsgrove Sporting in the Emirates FA Cup.

“We would like to wish David all the best for the remainder of the season whilst away on loan.”

Longe-King’s new side Woking currently sit 14th in the table and look set to stay mid table, with an 11-point gap to the play-off places and a 13-point gap clear of the relegation zone.

The loan departure may signal an imminent defensive signing is on the horizon at Blundell Park.

Young homegrown talent Jaz Goundry was recently recalled to the team from his loan spell at Bridlington Town AFC and may make the bench for Saturday’s home tie to Bromley if a new signing doesn’t materialise until then.

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