Danilo Orsi has the chance to play a bigger role for Grimsby Town next season after showing a glimpse of what he can do at his best in a challenging but rewarding first year with the club. The 27-year-old’s standout contributions for the Mariners came in the record-breaking run to the FA Cup quarter-finals, particularly in the fourth round tie with Luton Town, with two assists and a goal across the two matches.

However, in the league campaign he very much played a back-up role despite receiving a handful of starts towards the end of the campaign, when Paul Hurst was trying out different line-ups. Just five starts in the league across the season, three of which came in in the last four games, meant the player had a full year to think about what he needed to add to his game to attract the attention of the manager.

Orsi has endured a long journey to becoming a professional footballer, earning his first full-time contract at 25 when he signed for Harrogate Town, so he is not lacking in patience when it comes to pursuing a goal and has maintained a positive attitude throughout. Orsi said about his development with Town: "People probably don't realise that other side of the football game when you're out of the team it can be tough at times but you've always got to think that there is light at the end of the tunnel almost and it's not that bleak.

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"I really enjoy working with the gaffer and all the coaching staff, and I think I've come on a lot this year with my overall game and I just want to go out there and show what I've learned and push for a bigger part in the team.

"When I first came in it was all about scoring goals, but there were other areas of my game like my link-up play and honing the abilities to play as a target man that I like to think I've improved on, so I'm looking forward to continuing that work for the rest of this season and onto the next.”

Hurst will make additions in the summer with the team lacking alternate options in Orsi’s position heading into the transfer window, but as an established player in the team the 27-year-old has a chance to stamp down authority. He has shown himself to be a dynamic forward play with an eye for a pass as well as a neat finish when given the opportunity to express himself in Hurst’s team, but now it is up to him to show he can be more than just a flash in the pan for the Mariners.

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