Grimsby Town Football Club are pleased to announce the signing of former Kilmarnock defender, Karleigh Osborne following international clearance on a one-year contract, with the option of a further year .
The 29-year-old centre back joins The Mariners following a successful trial period with the club, where he joined the squad during their pre-season tour of Devon last week. He will wear the number 14 shirt for the 17/18 season.
Speaking exclusively to gtfc.co.uk, Osborne spoke about his initial meeting of his new team mates, his new manager and his objectives. "I spent a few days getting to know the lads while things were being sorted contract wise and it was great! said Osborne. "The boys are brilliant and were really welcoming as well".
On the impact of both Russell Slade and Paul Wilkinson on his decision to move, Osborne was full of praise:
"They were both a massive impact, I spoke to the gaffer on a few occasions. It was great to see the ambition he and the club have and how I fit into his plans, but it was also great how he made me feel as a player coming here and how he and Paul can help me get back to my best."
Osborne began his career at Brentford, where he made a number of eye-catching performances for the youth and reserve teams respectively, making his first team debut in September 2004. In total, Osborne made over 160 league appearances for the club, enjoying short loan spells at Hayes, Oxford United and Eastbourne Borough during his stay.
In 2012, Osborne made the move to Millwall where he made a total of 14 league appearances in his two year stay at the club. His second season at the club saw appearances limited, leading to a loan spell at Bristol City, which eventually saw him pen a two-year deal with the club in 2014.During his second season at City, he made the move on loan to AFC Wimbledon, where he was a integral part of the team before picking up a knee injury which saw his season cut short.
After leaving Bristol City in the summer of 2016, Osborne joined Plymouth Argyle where he continued to recover from injury, eventually making the move to Scottish Premiership side, Kilmarnock in January of 2017.
Speaking about his ambitions for this coming season, Osborne is looking to get his playing career back on track. "My aims individually are to help the team as much as I can in achieving success this year, but also to get back enjoying my football again and producing some good performances for the club".
Karleigh is also hoping to put his recent record behind him and hopes it can show in his performances. "It's been a tough year in regards to things not going to plan at my previous two clubs, but it's made me hungrier to add to my achievements in my career so far".
Mariners fans got their first sight of Karleigh at Blundell Park on Tuesday evening when he came on as a second half substitute in our 1-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers.
Karleigh will also be among 4 or 5 first team players making the trip to Winterton tomorrow evening.