Grimsby Town Football Club are delighted to announce that we have agreed to sign Wrexham F.C. captain Shaun Pearson following the expiration of his contract at the club.
Shaun rejoins the Mariners after departing for the Welsh side in the summer of 2017 where he spent a total of four years, making over 130 appearances in all competitions, scoring twelve goals.
Shaun originally joined the Mariners back in 2011 from Boston United, joining his previous manager Paul Hurst at Blundell Park. During his first six years at the club, Pearson became a fan-favourite at the heart of the defence and wore the black and white stripes 261 times, finding the back of the net on 18 occasions in all competitions.
We spoke to Shaun this morning, fresh from signing his contract with the club. "I'm absolutely delighted, I'm excited, there seems to be a good feeling around the club and about the place and I am just looking forward to getting started", said Pearson.
"I was very close [to signing a new Wrexham contract]. I had not even spoken to the gaffer at that point but has been a crazy, crazy few days and people say you should never be surprised in football but this week has definitely surprised me! The gaffer gave me a call, we have a few good conversations and it moved pretty quickly and I am just delighted to be back here and I cannot wait to get started.
"It didn't take me too long [to decide on signing], both clubs wanted an answer really, Wrexham wanted to know what was happening on their end, the gaffer here wanted to know if I was going to sign here before moving on to other targets. We had a bit of time to discuss, me and the wife, we sat down and discussed it, we had settled there, we had bought a house there and we were more than happy there. Our lives were pretty good there, our kids were in school which made it a difficult decision, but once we weighed everything up we thought this was the best thing for the family but not only that but for me and my football as well.
"I didn't see this opportunity coming back around. I am delighted it has and like I keep saying I cannot wait to get started. The gaffer spoke to me about playing and his plans and the other side of things that I can bring to the football club. I think the best word to use is that you want to build a culture. We had that at the club before, I'm not sure what it's been like since I left but it's a winning culture but not only that, a culture where people want to come in every day and improve and I like to think I can have a positive influence on not only myself but on the team and the players around me and bring as much as I can to that".
Manager Paul Hurst spoke exclusively to gtfc.co.uk this morning and could not hide his delight at re-signing Shaun. "I think everyone knows what type of character Shaun is, but aren't in a position to see just what he brings to a club, both on and off the pitch", said Hurst.
"Shaun has an affinity with this club, with me and also with Chris and I am absolutely delighted to have him back here. He is a great role model, especially to the younger players that we have and he will play a big part in the dressing room and in the squad and that's without talking about what he can do on the pitch.
"There are lots of reasons that I have brought him back, but from both our points of view, he can contribute on the pitch as we've seen before. I have seen him play recently and he's shown that. It's not just a mates act bringing him back, there are countless reasons why I feel he can add massively to the club going forward."
Watch Shaun's first interview back at the Mariners.
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