Grimsby Town Football Club are pleased to announce the signing of free agent Joe Bunney until the end of the season.
The six-foot-five-inch left-back joins the club after leaving Hartlepool United last month in order to pursue a career back in the EFL.
Bunney made his name at Rochdale whilst in League Two, helping the club secure promotion to League One during the 2013/14 season. Over a six-year period at the club, Bunney made over 140 appearances scoring 17 goals in all competitions before making the move to fellow League One side, Northampton Town. Bunney has also represented Blackpool, Bolton Wanderers, Matlock Town and most recently Hartlepool United.
Joe trained with the Mariners this afternoon and is delighted to be back in the Football League. "Definitely [happy to be back in the EFL], I've been out of the League for a year now, but I have been working incredibly hard to get back into it and I am glad that this opportunity has come.
"Training today was great. All the lads are up to speed with things, it was great as always to meet the lads on the first day and settle in well, I know Scans [Sean Scannell] and Stefan Payne already, but the lads have all made me feel very welcome.
"The table is not nice to look at at the minute obviously, but I have been in these situations before and managed to stay up and get out of trouble and come through those testing times, so hopefully I will be able to use my experience to pass on things to some of the younger lads here and keep us in the League. Us in this position didn't matter to me, there's still about half the season to go, I have spoken to the manager about everything, so hopefully I can come in, win some games and climb that table.
"We are still at the start of the week. The business end of the week is Thursday and Friday so we will see what happens then, but I have come here to help this club win games, climb the table and remain in this League so hopefully that can happen".
Following training today, manager Paul Hurst had his say on his third signing of the day.
"He's a player with a lot of league experience mainly at Rochdale, but he has more recently been at Hartlepool. He has recently been training with another League Two club but we have managed to secure his signature and that gives us a lot of options down the left-hand side of the pitch. I think he's a good addition for us and he will be looking to get into the team and showing us what he is about!".
You can see if Joe makes his debut this Saturday as the Mariners travel to Newport County AFC for a 3pm kick-off LIVE on iFollow Mariners.