The England Under-20 international who could be loaned to Grimsby Town from Hull City
With James McKeown’s departure from Grimsby Town confirmed, the Mariners could be looking for another goalie to compete with Max Crocombe next season. live shell reported on Sunday that England Under-20 international Harvey Cartwright will be loaned out from Hull City this season after signing a new long-term contract with the club.
Grimsby could be the perfect place for Cartwright, who will be looking to improve his level from his previous loan spells at Barton Town and Gainsborough Trinity. The 20-year-old was born in Grimsby and is highly rated by his parent club Hull. Therefore, a League Two loan on the road in familiar settings could be the perfect next step, and he could provide the quality needed to challenge Crocombe for the starting spot in goal and gain the experience Hull want for him.
Cartwright spoke to live shell on the potential of returning on loan and said he would like to cut his teeth in the EFL for his next temporary move. “It was discussed,” said the 20-year-old. “But only briefly, and I don’t really follow through on it.
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“I leave it to the club to decide what they think is best for me and we discuss that when it comes down to it,” he said. “It’s definitely a consideration, but whether or not it will happen I don’t know. I’m open to all ideas of where I’ll be playing next season, I just want to play first-team football. If I had to go out on loan, it would hopefully be in the league.
The Mariners are likely to face intense competition for his signing from League One club Peterborough United, managed by former Tigers manager Grant McCann, who will have a pre-existing relationship with Cartwright. The Posh are also in the hunt for a goalkeeper after putting their first-choice keeper Christy Pym on the transfer list and sanctioning the departure of Dai Cornell.
The Grimsby-born man came through the Hull academy ranks alongside Keane Lewis-Potter, Jacob Greaves and Brandon Fleming and was a regular at the Yorkshire club at various youth levels. The England youth international then made his first-team debut at QPR and then started the next game at Oakwell against Barnsley last season, making a good impression which helped him secure a new long-term deal the month last.
Crocombe has reached the appearance threshold to secure a one-year extension to his original contract, which will see him stay with the Mariners for next season. The New Zealand international made 30 appearances for Town last season. He impressed fans in the play-offs, but he was untested at Football League level. The introduction of high-level competition in Cartwright could also help Crocombe’s development.
Town benefited greatly from a loan from Hull last season in Andy Smith, and the young centre-back could return to Blundell Park with his role at City next season to be decided, and he could return alongside the boyhood fan of Town, Cartwright.