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Duo Pen Town Deals

28 July 2014

THE Mariners have completed the signings of striker Jon-Paul Pittman (27) and midfielder Craig Clay (22) on one-year deals.

Both players have been on trial with the club.

Jon-Paul Pittman was born born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, His career began with Aston Villa's youth academy as an eight-year-old, before he moved to Nottingham Forest where he served his scholarship. He went on to appear in FA Cup and Football League Trophy fixtures in his penultimate season there. In order to gain experience whilst under the management of Gary Megson, he was loaned out to Hartlepool United. The following season he went to Bury on loan where he scored his first Football League goal in Bury's 3–1 home defeat to Chester City in August 2006.

Pittman's eight-year spell at Forest ended in December 2006. January 2007 saw him sign for Doncaster Rovers on a short-term deal to see him though until the end of the season. As a free agent Pittman was signed by Steve Evans at Crawley Town on 28 June 2007.

During a season and a half at Crawley Town, he scored 43 goals in 78 appearances in all competitions.

Wycombe Wanderers' previous manager Peter Taylor put in a five-figure bid for Pittman. He officially signed for the Chairboys on 2 February 2009.

Craig Clay was born in Nottingham, and started his career with Chesterfield's youth system in 2008 and was part of the team that won the Youth League. He was named Chesterfield's Young Player of the Year for the 2008–09 season.

He signed a two-year professional contract with Chesterfield in June 2010 and made his debut for the club in a 3–0 win over Cheltenham Town at the b2net Stadium.

He signed for Conference Premier rivals FC Halifax Town on a one-month contract in January this year and made his debut two days later in a 1–1 home draw with Cambridge United.

Both players are expected to be in action against Sunderland on Tuesday night (7pm).

Paul Hurst will not be pursuing his interest in the other trialist Joe Ironside. 

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