Groves signs Mariners deal
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Groves had been in the hot seat on a temporary basis since last Christmas and steered The Mariners to First Division safety.
He has now taken on the role permanently and his number two Graham Rodger has also signed a three-year deal.
The Grimsby chief expressed his joy at being entrusted with the task of preserving the club's Division One status in the coming campaign.
"We're delighted to have signed because it's a job we always wanted to do and we're very happy that we've been able to come to an agreement," Groves told the club's official website.
"It was a big decision and it's a big job. People may have made assumptions about whether or not we would sign but coming to an agreement is all part of the negotiating process.
"The talks were never centred on money. I realise that I have to work within a budget and I've always been aware of the financial constraints of this job. But there were a number of factors that persuaded me that it was right.
"It was important for me that I had Graham Rodger on board. We have an excellent understanding of one another and it's important that there's a good management partnership."
Mariners chairman Peter Furneaux is confident the future will be bright with Groves at the helm.
"These are two people who have come through the ranks at Blundell Park and they know Grimsby well," said Furneaux.
"Everyone believes that these two have quite a career in management and we're looking for them to take Grimsby with them."
Meanwhile, Danny Butterfield is locked in negotiations with Crystal Palace after being released by Grimsby at the end of last season.
The versatile 22-year-old is also undergoing a medical and could complete a move to Selhurst Park on Thursday.