FOOTBALL: SOLIHULL Moors duo Akwasi Asante and Jamey Osborne have agreed moves to Grimsby Town for an undisclosed fee.
There had been much speculation in the January transfer window over the future of both players after former manager Marcus Bignot had two previous offers rejected in recent weeks.
But after both Asante and Osborne handed in transfer requests, a fee has finally been reached with the League Two play-off hopefuls and both players reunited with former boss Bignot on Thursday.
Asante, 24, leaves Solihull after 18 months at The Automated Technology Group Stadium during which he claimed the 2015/16 golden boot as The Moors lifted the Vanarama National League North title.
After a promising career at Birmingham City – including loan stints at Shrewsbury Town and Northampton Town – injuries looked to have taken their toll on the Amsterdam-born striker before Solihull helped to resurrect his dream of making a mark in professional football.
Meanwhile Osborne, also 24, only joined the club last summer from Redditch United. The Solihull-born midfielder progressed through the youth ranks at Hednesford Town and, given his influential displays in the middle of the park, always looked destined for full-time football after regularly attracting attention from the Football League.
A statement from Solihull Moors read: “Following prolonged interest from a number of Football League clubs, offers were received which eventually matched the club’s valuation of each player and the Board of Directors has regrettably taken the decision to allow Asante and Osborne to leave to allow the duo the chance to fulfil their desire to play full-time football.
“However, as has been proven with the club’s recruitment in recent months, the Board remains committed to ensuring that The Moors are strong enough to maintain our Vanarama National League status and allow Liam McDonald’s young, talented squad to continue their progression.
“The club would like to take this opportunity to thank both players for their contribution and wish them good luck for the next chapter of their respective careers.”