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Preparations for the summer are already underway at Grimsby Town, with manager Michael Jolley eyeing up which areas he needs to strengthen during the transfer market.

With just nine games remaining in the campaign, the Mariners boss is looking to gain a head start on the work that awaits him during the off-season.

Town remain on 47 points after three straight defeats, meaning their Play-Off hopes have all-but faded, although they look to be safe with a 15-point gap between them and the bottom two.

And, with the knowledge another League Two campaign almost certainly awaits them next season, Jolley and the club have been able to plan ahead.

“I think most clubs now are looking already at summer recruitment, but obviously some won’t know their circumstance as to which division they’re going to be in or what their budget might be,” Jolley said.

Michael Jolley and assistant Anthony Limbrick. (Image: Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

“We’re speaking internally about how we plan to go about the summer, so it would be fair to say we’ve started that process.

“We’ve got lists of targets and areas of the team we want to try and strengthen in the summer.

“I’m not really in a position to speak about budget at the moment, but it would be fair to say that we’re making plans, putting them together, and let’s finish this season off as strongly as we can and then get to the summer.”

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