Watch Ben Pringle's first interview as a Grimsby Town player exclusively on iFollow Mariners.
New Grimsby Town signing Ben Pringle says he hopes he can bring more goals and assists to the Mariners during his time at Blundell Park.
The 29-year-old winger joined on a season-long loan from Championship side Preston North End before the deadline on Friday, and he hopes he can play an important part in the Mariners’ 2018-19 campaign.
In his exclusive first interview with iFollow Mariners, he said: “Being on the left, I like to put balls in the box and create chances – I like to make things happen and get around the pitch, so hopefully I can do that.
“I play anywhere really. Obviously I’m left-footed so on the left-hand side, or anywhere across midfield, so I’m quite versatile.
“I’ve spoken to the manager, and he sold it to me, and he guaranteed me games, which I’ve not really had a lot of over the last couple of years, so that was an important factor.
“He’s just said ‘Come in and play your stuff.’ He sold it to me about the lads and we’ve gone from there.
“It’s been a while since I played regularly – since the Rotherham days – it’s been a bit up-and-down so definitely playing consistently is something I’m looking to get back into."
And there will be a number of familiar faces in the Mariners’ changing room to help the forward settle in well at Blundell Park.
He said: “Obviously I know Welshy (John Welsh) from Preston – he’s a top man, and a great pro as well, so what you see is what you get.
“He was a big signing to come here so he’ll be an important player this season.
“I played with Mitch Rose at Rotherham – same with Wes Thomas as well – and obviously Welshy, so it’s nice to know a few faces when you come somewhere new.”
Pringle is eligible to play in tomorrow night's Checkatrade Trophy clash with Notts County at Blundell Park if selected (7.45pm).