Shrewsbury Town have signed Aristote Nsiala from Hartlepool United for an undisclosed fee.

The 24-year-old only joined the Pools in the summer having rejected a new contract at previous employers Grimsby Town. Nsiala has been a huge part of Hartlepool’s team this season, raking up 25 appearances.

The defender will now reunite with Paul Hurst at Shrewsbury, the manager he played under at Grimsby Town. Nsiala, who has one cap for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has signed a two and a half year contract with the League One club.

The Shrewsbury managed was pleased to have secured the services of Nsiala, “I didn’t want to lose him when I was at my previous club but he went elsewhere and I’ve watched his career with interest”, Hurst said.

“He’s certainly someone I think very highly of, hence the reason why we’ve brought him here. He’s got a lot of good attributes, he’s a good person and I think he’s someone who can step up the levels and be a big asset for this football club.

“He started out at Everton as a kid and it went a different route for him. He’s ended up at Southport and then we signed him at Grimsby from there. He got his more to Hartlepool and he’s working his way back up.”

The Shropshire club are currently awaiting confirmation from the EFL as to whether Nsiala will be available for the Fleetwood Town game.

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