This evening, Solihull Moors have announced a deal to bring loanee Central Midfielder Jamey Osborne to the Moors on a permanent basis.
Osborne was imperative to the Moors side who secured a second season in the National League last season, making 22 appearances before his departure, to link up with former Moors boss Marcus Bignot at Grimsby, in January 2017.
After becoming regular for Grimsby in the second half of the 2016-17 season, Ozzy, as he is affectionately known, picked up a serious knee ligament injury in July’s pre season training. With the playmaker expected to be out for around 5 months, Mariners physiotherapist Dave Moore announced Osborne should “return around Christmas time”.
By December Osborne was close to full fitness, and yearning for game time, with a view to gain match fitness quicker, and play close to his Midlands based family, Osborne approached Grimsby boss Russell Slade, with a view of being loaned out on a short term deal back to Solihull. Despite his manager stating he was ‘part of his plans’, he reluctantly agreed to a 28 day loan deal, the shortest loan possible.
28 days, 6 Man of The Match awards and 1 screamer vs Tranmere later and Osborne decided to extend his stay in Solihull, although fully fit and in brilliant form, Osborne announced on twitter he was to stay at Damson Park another month, mainly down to ‘personal circumstances’.
Despite his form dipping slightly as of late, shown especially in his dismissal vs Maidenhead, Osborne has remained an integral part of the team, showing the talent which earned him a move to the Football League.
The permanent move came very much out of the blue, and was quite the shock to Moors fans on Twitter, Grimsby Town FC’s official website reports that Osborne was unsettled living in the area, and wished to be closer to his family, which he values greatly.
Whatever the reason, we’re pleased he’s back!
Welcome back, Ozzy!