O’Malley returns to Grimsby

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Striker Sam O’Malley has returned to Grimsby Town after his work experience spell at Scarborough Athletic.

The frontman signed in early January, but he has failed to hold down a regular first-team place with the Evo-Stik South side.

Boro boss Rudy Funk feels that, despite his lack of game time, the deal has been mutually beneficial for both camps.

“Sam came to us on the understanding that we would play him as and when we could.

“Due to the fact that a few lads have come back from injury and that we have brought in Jimmy Beadle, Sam’s time on the field has been quite limited.

“Because of that he has been recalled by Grimsby, though the option is open if we want to take him back once again.

“We would like to say a big thank you to Grimsby’s Paul Hurst and Stuart Watkiss, as well as Sam because he did well when he did feature for us.

“He proved to be a big handful when he turned out against Newcastle and we hope that he has learned plenty during his spell with us.”