Slade eyes Pacquette
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Young striker Richard Pacquette has belatedly arrived at Grimsby for a trial period.Ex-Queens Park Rangers striker Richard Pacquette has belatedly arrived at Grimsby for a trial period with the League Two outfit.
Mariners boss Russell Slade has exclusively told skysports.com that the 22-year-old has arrived at Blundell Park after failing to earn a long-term deal with Conference side Stevenage.
Pacquette has had previous spells with MK Dons and Brentford and will be looking to impress the Grimsby boss, who wanted to bring the player in before he took his chances in the Conference.
"Richard had the opportunity of going to Stevenage, with a possible contract, and that's why he went there," Slade told skysports.com.
"But he's returned there, they've not taken him, and in fact they signed Darren Stamp.
"The situation is we could only offer having a look at him for a few days."
Slade (pictured) is looking to reinforce his striking options as his side have not been scoring freely this term, and he revealed that Pacquette may have the necessary attributes to perform the role.
"He was always what I would describe as a good box player, strong into feet in and around the box, who could get a goal, and that's what we are looking at," Slade continued.
The Grimsby manager also revealed that the club have decided against signing Cameroon Under-20 international Kingsley Mbome.
The player is currently with Cambridge United and, despite impressing during a trial period, has not been considered suitable to fulfil The Mariners' current needs.
"Nothing's happening with [Mbome] as it happens, but he trialled quite well to be fair to him.
"It's about what you require at this moment in time, and perhaps the priority is with regards to a front man or wide man or somebody that can do both."