MARINERS TO SWOOP FOR GEORDIE
By Stephen Bateman
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Beharall will train with The Mariners this week, as manager Lennie Lawrence continues his attempts to bolster his side's ailing back four.
With Paul Raven carrying an injury, midfielder-cum-defender Paul Groves is the only player currently at the club with any real experience of playing at centre half.
Lawrence will give the 22-year-old Geordie until Thursday to prove that he is the man who can solve Grimsby's defensive crisis, and it is thought that he may move to Blundell Park on a season-long loan deal.
"We're having a look at him with a view to a loan," said the Town boss.
"He was watched once or twice in Newcastle Reserves last season and I've still got other irons in the fire. There may well be another before Saturday."
Ex-Magpies boss Ruud Gullit is a keen admirer of Beharall after handing the former youth and reserve-team skipper his St James' Park debut against Everton during the 1998/99 season.
Subsequently he has fallen down the Newcastle pecking order, however, currently languishing behind Andy O'Brien, Nikos Dabizas, Jamie McClen, Aaron Hughes and Steve Caldwell in the race for first-team places.
Meanwhile, Grimsby have also been linked with a move for out-of-favour Sunderland winger John Oster.
The Boston-born midfielder is desperate for first-team action, and he has hinted that he may well be tempted to return to the club where he began his career.
"I'm happy to play for a First Division club," he declared.
"It wouldn't bother me dropping down a division. I just want to get my sharpness back."
Lawrence may explore the possibility of taking Oster on an extended loan as he looks to fill the problematic position on the left flank of Grimsby's midfield.