Young Grimsby Town duo Jock Curran and Cameron Painter sign loan for non-league team

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Grimsby Town have confirmed young midfielders Jock Curran and Cameron Painter have joined Spalding United on loan.

The pair are heading to the Premier League’s Northeastern division squad on a three-month loan, keeping them with the Tulips until December.

Neither player has played in any of the Mariners’ three games so far this season and will be looking to get the much-needed first-team football under their belt while they are away from Blundell Park.

Curran is in his second season as a professional with Town, having stepped up from the academy in the summer of 2019.

He joined the Mariners in 2017 after being released by Doncaster Rovers and became an integral part of Neil Woods’ youth over the next two years.

The 19-year-old – son of former midfielder Terry Curran – has reportedly sparked interest from Nottingham Forest over the past year or so, having been included in the City’s first team at the end of the season 2018/19.

However, the club insisted that no contact had been made by Forest, with reports linking Curran to a move to the City Ground having fallen silent since last year.

Painter, meanwhile, signed his first professional contract with the Mariners earlier this year and made the preseason for Ian Holloway’s squad.

While the pair will join Spalding, they clashed earlier this summer, when Curran played for Cleethorpes Town in the Mariners’ preseason opener.

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