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Grimsby Town FC Player Profiles

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UPDATED 10:06 20th July 2015

Defender Josh Gowling joined Town over the summer after impressing on loan last campaign, where he showed what an experienced and calm head he is at the back.

Born in Coventry, Josh’s career started as a trainee at West Brom. However, after failing to make a first team appearance there, he decided to move to Denmark and join Danish Premier Division club  Herfølge in 2003.

After 30 appearances over two years there, as well a loan spell with another Danish side in Ølstykke, he returned to England and joined Bournemouth in July 2005 after a successful trial. He had his first season at Bournemouth cut short by a serious knee ligament injury following a promising start but went on to play a big part in their defence in the two seasons following his return.

After his contract ran out with the Cherries, he moved up a division and joined Carlisle United but only made four league appearances there, with much of his time being spent on loan at Hereford United and then Gillingham.

Josh joined Gillingham permanently in August 2009 and made 60 appearances over two years for them, going out on to Lincoln City towards the end of his time there.
Despite making over four appearances for Lincoln, he signed for them permanently following their relegation from the Football League and made 41 appearances before leaving at the beginning of the following the season by mutual consent. 

He joined Kidderminster Harriers following this, becoming a key player at the heart of their defence as they finished second in the Conference behind Mansfield Town in the 2012-2013 season. He was named in the Conference Team of the Year and promoted to Harriers captain two seasons later, making over 100 appearances for them overall.

On 26th March 2015, Josh joined Town on loan until the end of the season and scored on his debut against Alfreton Town on 6th April, becoming a key figure in the Mariners impressive defensive record during the final few games of the season. However, he was unfortunate to miss the play-off final against Bristol Rovers due to injury.

Triggered a new contract extension during the 2015/16 season.