Grimsby net first summer signing

League Two side Grimsby Town have unveiled their first summer signing with the capture of Fleetwood Town defender Danny Andrew on a one-year deal, reports the Mariners’ official website.

The 25-year-old is a left-sided defender, who can also play in midfield, and turned out ten times in all competitions for the Cod Army last term.

Andrew was on the books of Peterborough and Leicester City as a youngster, gaining experience with loan spells at Tamworth, Kidderminster and Cheltenham between 2009 and 2010.

He made his Posh bow with two appearances towards the end of the 2009/10 campaign but was released shortly after and signed for the Robins on a permanent basis, playing 54 league games in three seasons at Whaddon Road.

Dropping into non-league with Gloucester City, Danny played 26 league games for the club, scoring four times. His form earned a move to Macclesfield Town and he was one of their stand-out performers of the 2013/14 season.

The Holbeach-born player won the club’s Player of the Year award in his only season at Moss Rose, scoring five times in his 46 league games.

Danny’s time with Fleetwood was marred by injuries, suffering knee ligament trouble in his first season with the Cod Army, which sidelined him for five months of the campaign.

It was a similar story last term, as the former Macclesfield man started the campaign as the club’s first-choice left-back but a thigh injury sustained at Gillingham in September meant his next appearance for Fleetwood came on the final day of the season against Crewe.

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Andrew is naturally delighted to have joined the League Two newcomers.

He said: “I felt at ease straight away and I was welcomed by all the staff that I met and I can’t wait to meet the boys now.

“I like to be involved in set piece taking and I have scored a few free kicks on the way.

“I put a lot of time in on the training ground, so i’m hoping I can earn the respect from the boys to allow me to take a few and hopefully a few will find the back of the net”.

And the defender is hopeful of another successful season for the men from North East Lincolnshire.
He added: “I don’t see why it should stop now.
“I don’t see any reason in us not being able to go again and keep this successful winning feeling about the club into next season.
“I’m looking forward to being part of this successful journey and I can’t wait to get started!”

Mariners’ fans will remember the defender netting a stunning late free kick to secure the points as the Silkmen triumphed 3-2 at Blundell Park in December 2013.

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