Grimsby Town Football Club are pleased to announce the signing of former Newport County AFC defender, David Longe-King on a two-year-deal.
The Mariners have fought off strong competition from a number of clubs for the signature of the 26-year-old and becomes Paul Hurst's fifth new recruit of the close season.
Longe-King enjoyed a period at Biggleswade Town during the 18/19 season, making 45 appearances in all competitions, scoring one goal and helping the club achieve 14 clean sheets.
Following an England C call-up whilst in the third step of football against Estonia in June 2019, David joined Albans City, where he was an ever-present making 40 appearances in all competitions, scoring one goal and contributing to 10 clean sheets in the National League South.
The 6'3 centre-back then made the move to Newport County AFC, where he made a total of 12 appearances, making his full debut in professional football in the 3rd Round of the Emirates FA Cup in a penalty defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion. During his period at the club, Longe-King contributed to three clean sheets, including one against the Mariners in February where he caught the eye of the Town management team, something which was discussed by Assistant Manager, Chris Doig this afternoon.
"David played against us last season for Newport, he's a commanding lad, he's a big, strong and physical presence", said Doig.
"He did very well against us when we played them to be fair and even in the games leading up to that, we were watching him and were very impressed. I was actually watching him earlier on in the season when we were out of work actually, he was a name I took down. He comes highly recommended from a number of people we have spoken to, Podge Amond in particular was complimentary of him.
"Even though he's not played a vast amount of games, I think we can see a lot of potential there, someone we want to work with and somebody who is desperate to learn. His attitude really shone through when we spoke to him, he wants to do well, improve, he's ambitious and someone I am really looking forward to working with."
We also caught up with Longe-King this afternoon at Blundell Park and spoke of his determination to secure promotion.
"I didn't play as many games as I would have liked, but the boys did well and just missed out on promotion", said Longe-King.
"When the season ended, the gaffer got in touch with my agent and after speaking to the gaffer it was a no brainer for me to come up here and hopefully help the team go back up next season and improve from there.
"I think the biggest thing for me is knowing that the gaffer worked with Podge [Padraig Amond] in the past. I spoke to Podge before signing here and he said if you want to play, want to learn and take your game to the next level, Grimsby is the place to be so with Podge hardly ever being wrong I knew it was a no brainer. I respect Podge a lot and spoke to him a lot when I was at Newport so when he said go up there, I said that's the place for me.
"I don't feel that I improved as much as I would have liked last season because I got injured, but I spoke to Doigy and the gaffer here and with them both being defenders, I feel they can definitely help me improve my game. When you look at the stadium and that you can tell it's a club that shouldn't be in the National League. It should be in the Football League and that's our aim for next season.
"I am a whole-hearted defender, I wear my heart on my sleeve and I will give everything for the club. I love to defend and it's a physical league, I have never played in the National League itself but I am more than ready for the test ahead".
You can see a selection of David's best bits in the video below. Welcome to Blundell Park David!