Grimsby Town Football Club are pleased to announce the signing of free agent, Filipe Morais on a one-and-a-half year deal until the summer of 2022.
The 35-year-old winger brings a wealth of experience, after making over 450 professional appearances at clubs such as Oldham Athletic on two occasions, Stevenage, Bradford City and most recently, Crawley Town.
Morais started his career at Premier League side, Chelsea where he joined their Academy system at the age of 16, before penning his first professional contract with the club in 2005. After a successful short loan spell at Milton Keynes Dons, Morais turned down a short extension at Chelsea and signed a deal with Milwall in 2006.
Following a loan spell in January 2007 at St Johnstone, Morais made a permanent move to Scotland, signing for Hibernian in 2007. In two seasons with the club, Morais made a total of 36 appearances, before making the move to Inverness. After a short spell at Inverness and a permanent move back to St Johnstone, Morais moved back to England, signing for Oldham Athletic in July 2010. In two seasons, Morais made an impressive 68 appearances for the Latics, before penning a deal with Stevenage, where he went onto make a further 66 appearances.
During the summer of 2014, Morais made the move to then League One side, Bradford City where he linked up with current Town striker, James Hanson and went onto make 71 appearances in all competitions, before his 2015-16 season was cut short following an injury sustained during pre-season. In February 2017, Morais joined former manager, Phil Parkinson at Bolton Wanderers, where his form helped secure a second-place finish and promotion to the Sky Bet Championship, with a March Player of the Month award in the bag for his fantastic efforts.
Following his release from the Trotters in 2018, Morais joined Crawley Town, where he made a total of 43 appearances across two seasons. After a loan spell back at former club, Oldham Athletic in 2019 where he made 20 appearances in the curtailed 2019/20 season, Morais left the Red Devils in the summer of 2020.
Morais spoke exclusively to gtfc.co.uk this afternoon, to discuss his move to the Mariners. "I'm delighted really, I am really excited to work under the manager", said Morais. "He's had an amazing career, I just want to learn from him, you can never stop learning and although I'm 35, I feel I've still got a lot to offer and I feel really good, so I can't wait to get straight into it. It's been really nice to get to know the lads, everyone seems to be good and professional, so I have really enjoyed my first few days.
"It's been really good [to start training], you can tell there is a lot of quality here, we have got a lot of young players but as the manager has said, once you get some experience in there it can definitely help those boys along more and that is what I will try to bring, I love playing for my teams, I am a real team player so if I can come in and help improve my teammates then that is what I want to do.
"I like to work as hard as I can, work harder than the opposition and I like to win my individual battles, I am big on work rate and energy and working hard for the team as a whole first and foremost and help my teammates out. From there, I like to think I can always contribute with a few assists and goals and bring some creativity to the team, but I also like to get back and help defend and muck in! I can play in a number of positions in midfield, I played a bit more centrally for Crawley and Oldham, I was always a winger before that on the right or left, wing-back as well for Bolton so I can play anywhere really in midfield or attack".
We also caught up with the new manager today at Cheapside, who is delighted to secure the services of his new midfielder. "He brings us experience and I love the way he plays, he's two-footed", said Holloway. "I'm delighted that he lives so close to us, he's just what we need at the moment, another senior head, as fit as a flea and he's ready to go. He only came in a couple of days ago and he's been absolutely outstanding. He can play anywhere across the midfield, but he can also play left wing-back, right wing-back, centre mid or even off the striker".
Morais will go straight into manager Ian Holloway's squad tomorrow for the visit of Mansfield Town to Blundell Park. You will be able to catch his first interview with iFollow Mariners later this afternoon.
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