We can today confirm the signing of ex-Academy midfielder Joel Auty with the Club. 

Joel joins after spending a year with the Academy scholars, playing alongside other graduates such as Liam Hall, Zak Kersey & Myles La Bastide in the u19s Alliance League. 

Auty was previously part of the Academy set-up at Grimsby Town from ages 6-16 and while there, he played men’s football with NCEL Div 1 side Brigg Town to further his development. 

Joel was then scouted at the u16s exit trial last pre-season, and made the move to the BPA Academy just a few weeks later. 

Joel made 12 appearances across all competitions for the 1st team, and also played 18 league games for the u19s in the Alliance League, scoring 3 goals and assisting 10+. 

Joel also spent time out last season on loan with Thackley, Cleethorpes, for three months each, gaining vital semi-pro football experience. 

Academy Technical Director Thomas McStravick had this to say;

“I’m delighted for Joel. He’s a lad who’s moved away from home to be part of our academy and has worked hard over the last year.”

“Now his challenge is to make sure he’s in and around it as much as possible and follow in the footsteps of our other academy graduates.”

“This is yet another clear sign of the pathway available at the club.”

Joel is available for selection in todays game! Stay tuned for team news!