Grimsby Town have confirmed they have reached an agreement with Watford regarding the transfer of defender Mattie Pollock.

The 19-year-old signs a five-year deal with Hornets, with the two clubs having agreed an entry fee of £ 250,000.

The total is an increase from what was first reported, with the fee expected to be £ 100,000 plus add-ons.

It is further expected that the fee can increase significantly depending on the performance goals and other factors. Pollock is expected to be loaned to Vicarage Road after his move is complete.

Pollock’s future at Blundell Park has been the source of much speculation in recent years. The teenager was noticed at a young age after breaking into the Mariners’ site.

Mattie Pollock celebrates for Grimsby Town after a 1-1 draw with Carlisle United

He made his first team debut in 2018 at the age of 17. Since then he has established himself as a regular with the Mariners and played a total of 58 games for the club.

His performances sparked rumors that Premier League teams Wolves, West Brom and Fulham were interested, while a number of Boy Scouts attended the Town Games last year.

A statement from the Mariners confirming the news said: “We would like to thank Mattie for his efforts at the club and wish him every success in his new club.”

Pollock tweeted, “Thank you everyone at @officialgtfc for helping me get where I am today.

“Grimsby is a fantastic club with incredible fans and will always have a special place in my heart. I hope the guys can rebuild the club next season. I will always watch and support! “

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