The first chat with the latest recruit. Catch the video interview below.
New signing Chris Clements is hoping he can help lift Grimsby Town up the League Two table.
Town currently sit 11th, four points outside the play-off places, and midfielder Clements is eager to put the Mariners shirt on and help build more momentum.
“I just want game time and to help the team get up the league now and start winning football games,” he said.
The 26-year-old, who previously played for Crewe and Hednesford before making the move to Blundell Park from Mansfield yesterday, told Mariners Player he can’t wait to get started for Marcus Bignot’s side.
“I needed a new chapter in my football career. I was at Mansfield for a long time and I needed new ventures, and Grimsby seemed like the perfect club to come to.
“I wasn’t getting enough game time as I thought I needed. Having the opportunity to come here was a big plus for me.”
Clements could provide vital creativity in the midfield area, as well as being a set piece specialist.
“I try to get on the ball, keep it down, play, and get goals. I think I’ve got five this season for Mansfield; different kinds of goals – open play and free-kicks so hopefully I can chip in with a few here.
“The way that the gaffer said he’s trying to play, I think that will suit me down to the ground. They’re going to get the ball down and play so hopefully I can fit in nicely.”
He came on as a substitute, after recently being injured, as Town picked up a 1-0 away win against Mansfield in September and the midfielder admired what he saw from the Mariners.
“I like the way Grimsby play; it’s a very attacking team, a lot of pace up top, and obviously got the ball down and played, and beat us at the One Call. It was a good team, I was impressed.”
The Birmingham-born midfielder also highlighted the importance of Town’s fan base.
“Obviously the fans here are loud, which you didn’t get as much of that at Mansfield, so it’s a good club to come to.”
And there several familiar faces for Clements to reunite with at Blundell Park.
“I know Mickey Moore, the assistant here, so that was a big sway in the decision for myself.
“Jamey Osborne, we were at Hednesford together so we know each other’s game, know what each other’s good at, and complement each other nicely, so hopefully it’s a good partnership.
“He’s got that in him (scoring goals), he’s a great player, and that was another reason that swayed me a little bit because I know him well, know how he plays, and what he can bring.
“He shouldn’t have been at the level he was at, and I’m just glad he’s got his move to the Football League because this is where he belongs.
“Adi Yussuf – obviously he’s just come from Mansfield as well.”
Clements could make his league debut for Town this Saturday (3pm) as they host second-bottom Notts County.