Grimsby Town have confirmed the signing of former Bradford City and Sheffield United striker James Hanson on a two-year contract, the League Two outfit have confirmed on their club website.

We reported here on The72 last week that Grimsby Town were eyeing up a move for James Hanson on a free transfer, after his departure from League One side AFC Wimbledon last month. And now, the deal has been confirmed by the Mariners.

Grimsby’s new number nine has put pen to paper on a two-year deal with the club and is looking forward to getting started under Micahel Jolley, adding that the club are hoping to push themselves up the table next season.

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Speaking to the club’s iFollow upon the announcement, Hanson said:

“I’m delighted to be here. It was a good year down south, but my priority was always to get back up north, and I had to choose the right club. I felt this club was perfect for me – it’s going in the right direction under the gaffer.

“We all want to be competing at the top-end of League Two, and hopefully it can happen next year.”

Hanson has plenty of Football League experience under his belt. After playing for non-league sides Eccleshill and Guiseley, the striker joined Bradford City. Hanson spent seven-and-a-half years with the Bantams, scoring 92 goals and laying on 36 assists in 336 games for the club before joining Sheffield United in January 2017.

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The 31-year-old spent a year and a half with the Blades, spending the last six months of his time with the club on loan at Bury, before joining AFC Wimbledon on a free transfer. After one season and five goals with the Dons, Hanson moves on to Grimsby, where he will link up with Michael Jolley ahead of the new League Two season.