Grimsby Town Football Club are pleased to announce the appointment of former Forest Green Rovers player, Sam Russell as Goalkeeper Coach and reserve Goalkeeper.
Russell joins the Mariners from Sky Bet League Two rivals, Forest Green Rovers where he spent 5 years over two spells making over 200 appearances for the club.
Russell began his career at his boyhood club, Middlesbrough before deciding to leave in order to gain some first team experience. Speaking exclusively to gtfc.co.uk, Russell spoke about his pathway. "I came through the ranks from an early age at the club (Middlesbrough) and I didn't quite make the grade but I went out on loan at a few clubs and I got the bug to play so I dropped down a few levels and managed to play a lot of games in my time."
Despite being appointed Goalkeeper coach, Russell has no plans to hang up the gloves just yet. "I'll still be registered as a player, but I'm coming in as the goalkeeper coach. I love playing, I don't want to stop playing but I think it's a great time to integrate both together".
During his most recent spell at Forest Green Rovers, Russell tasted success by helping them secure promotion to the English Football League for the first time in their history. "I had two spells at Forest Green which ended up being successful", mentioned Russell. "I had a great time there but I'm glad to be out of there and beginning my new role here. I'm really going to enjoy it, I think that I will be good for the role and my job is to go and push Macca as best as I can."
Throughout his career, Russell has lined up against The Mariners on a number of occasions. "I always enjoyed playing here", said Russell. "The atmosphere and the fans here are great and I've actually had some really good games here as well."
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