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iFollow: Meet The New Guy

15 July 2017

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Goalkeeper Ben Killip talks to iFollow after signing a one-year deal with the club.

New Grimsby Town signing Ben Killip is optimistic for the Mariners’ 2017-18 League Two campaign.

Speaking to iFollow, the 21-year-old goalkeeper – who agreed an initial one-year deal with Town this morning – said he’s excited for the new season, which begins away at Chesterfield on August 5.

He said: “Delighted to get it over the line. Looking forward to the season ahead – hopefully we can push forward as a club and get ourselves up that table.
“I want to make a name for myself in the game, and start trying to go places so I’ve enjoyed it.

“Everyone’s made me feel very welcome, which is always a good thing because it makes the transition a lot easier when you’re signing.

“Devon will be a good experience, getting closer with the boys – get in there a bit more – so that will be a really good experience.”

And the ‘keeper added that he’s been impressed with the chemistry among the Mariners squad.

“Macca (James McKeown) has been a great help to me since I came in, he’s been really friendly – as has Andy, they’ve both helped me a lot and been really friendly to me so it’s a good little group there that we’ve got,” he said.

Killip signed for Chelsea as a youngster before joining Norwich City in 2013, where he stayed until his contract expired at the start of July, and he explained that there is a familiar face for him at Blundell Park.

He said: “I knew Wilko (Town assistant manager Paul Wilkinson) before, so my contract expired at Norwich and I was looking for a new club, and I dropped Wilko a text asking if he was looking for a goalkeeper, and luckily he told me to come in on trial. I’ve been here for three weeks now so it’s just all gone from there really.”

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