Grimsby Town Football Club are pleased to announce the signing of former Port Vale defender Adam Crookes on an initial one-year deal.
The 23-year-old left-back came through the Academy system at Nottingham Forest, spending 14 years at the club where he captained the Under 18's to a League title as well as the Fifth Round of the FA Youth Cup.
Whilst at Forest, Crookes has enjoyed loan spells at Guiseley, Lincoln City and most recently Port Vale, where his loan move was made permanent in the summer of 2019. During his time at The Valiants, Crookes made a total of 39 appearances scoring once in all competitions.
Crookes spoke exclusively to GTTV this morning after his move was made official. "The gaffer and my agent were keeping in contact over the summer and it picked up over the last couple of days, the offer came through on Wednesday, it all happened quite quickly, we got it all sorted yesterday and it's my first day today!
"I know it's a good club for this level. The fans will be disappointed to be relegated last season but there's a project going on here and we're looking to get promoted back in the league, we shouldn't be in this league which was part of it and being a Lincolnshire lad myself, that was a big part of the move.
"I would say first and foremost I am a hard worker. I enjoy defending, I like to get on the ball, a left-sided defender. I have played more at left-back but I am happy to play at both [left and centre back], whatever the manager wants to do or where he sees me I am happy. It's been a while now but in my Youth Team days I used to play in a holding midfield role, so that's an option as well".
We also caught up with manager Paul Hurst who gave us his thoughts on his latest recruit. "He is a left-back predominantly, but can also play left-sided centre back as well. He has decent experience as well for a young player, he has played in the League, had a good upbringing at Nottingham Forest, so everything that we were told and in the due diligence was about what a good attitude and what a good professional he is, so from that side he fits in nicely to what we're trying to build.
"He is someone I have been aware of for some time, to be honest", admitted Hurst. "I know Darrell well over at Port Vale, he said it was a tough decision to let him go and when his agent was in touch, it kind of progressed from there. He has been on the radar, probably most of the summer but we got that one done now and we have got players in the squad who can play left-back, but not an established left-back which Adam is. We still might be looking at competition in that area but he most certainly will be one fighting for that position.
"He's a decent size for some of the physical challenges we will face at times and someone that has had a bit of disappointment getting released, he has taken a step down the pyramid, but someone who has got the attitude and attributes to bounce back and that determination to progress again, so we are getting someone who is hungry and looking to impress".
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