Tranmere’s forgotten striker George Waring was absent from yesterday’s game at Dunfermline, and that’s because he was playing and scoring for Grimsby.
Waring has been made available by boss Micky Mellon this summer after failing to make any sort of impact at Rovers. He has joined League Two rivals Grimsby Town in the hope of securing a contract and staying in the Football League.
The striker fell out-of-favour within months of his arrival at Prenton Park last summer, failing to score or really make any impression at all. He spent much of the season out on loan at Kidderminster in the Conference North.
When he arrived, however, he was quite highly regarded. He’d enjoyed a fruitful loan spell with Barnsley in League One just a couple of seasons ago and was a player Mellon had taken to Shrewsbury on-loan where he had also done well.
Shortly after joining Rovers, the big striker was hit by injury, ruining his pre-season and seeing him start the campaign behind James Norwood, James Alabi and Andy Cook in the pecking order.
Alabi would soon join him in falling well out of the first team picture and leaving on loan, and after Alabi was moved on to Leyton Orient this summer, it’s no surprise that Waring is also looking for a way out.
He played 45 minutes as a half-time substitute for Michael Jolley’s team yesterday, scoring a scrappy goal from just outside the box after blocking the goalkeeper’s clearance. Grimsby lost the game 4-3 to Cleethorpes Town.
Grimsby won promotion back to the Football League in 2016 but narrowly avoided relegation back out of League Two last season. The Mariners have been looking at a host of strikers this summer, including veteran ex-Celtic man Marc Antoine-Fortune.
Tranmere will meet Grimsby at Blundell Park at the end of November.