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Thomas Signs For The Mariners

17 August 2018

Sam Strandt

Grimsby Town Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of former Oxford United striker and free agent, Wes Thomas on a one-year-deal.

The 31-year-old free agent joins following a spell with League One side, Oxford United, where he spent two years going on to make 57 appearances in all competitions, scoring 15 goals. 

Thomas began his career in the Academy system at Queens Park Rangers, before departing following the conclusion of his two-year scholarship. After a number of spells at clubs in the non-league circuit, Thomas made his Football League debut with Dagenham & Redbridge in October 2008 in a 2-0 victory away at Rochdale. After returning to the club following a short term loan to Grays Athletic, Thomas made the move to Cheltenham Town in 2010 where he made 43 appearances in all competitions scoring 19 times, ending the season as the club's top scorer. 

After joining Crawley Town in 2011, Thomas joined Bournemouth in League One on a short-term loan before making the move permanent in January 2012. During a three season spell at the Cherries, Thomas made 58 appearances, scoring 11 goals and enjoyed numerous loan spells at Portsmouth, Blackpool and Birmingham City. 

In January 2014, Thomas signed a short-term contract for Rotherham United, helping them earn promotion to the Championship, scoring 6 goals in 16 appearances. At the end of his contract, Thomas returned to Birmingham City in the Championship making 37 appearances, scoring 6 goals. After finding his options limited in his second season with the Blues and after loan spells at Swindon Town and Bradford City, Thomas joined Oxford United. After an early end to his first season with the club due to an Achilles injury, Thomas had a successful 2017/18 season, scoring 11 times in 40 appearances in all competitions. 

Over the period of his career to date, Thomas has made a total of 297 appearances, scoring 76 goals. 

You will be able to catch Wes Thomas' first interview with the club exclusively on our iFollow Mariners channel later today.

Thomas will be available for tomorrow's visit of Lincoln City and will wear the number 39 shirt for this season. Have you got your tickets for tomorrow yet? Secure yours now at early bird prices using our online ticket store

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