Grimsby Town Football Club are delighted to announce that defender Ryan Sears has become Paul Hurst's latest new summer recruit, penning a one-year deal.
Sears joins both John McAtee and Giles Coke who have committed their futures to the Mariners in the past twenty-four hours.
The 22-year-old came through the Youth Academy at Shrewsbury Town and was handed his first professional contract by their then-manager Paul Hurst.
Speaking on GTTV, the young full-back said: "It feels good to get the deal done after a couple of weeks of being back-and-forth over the phone with my agent.
"I got my first professional contract with Doigy and the gaffer and I’m grateful for it. Obviously, I have worked with them before and it should be a good year with the players that he is bringing in.
"We're a club that are going to go back in the right direction. I think that they are a bigger club than the league that they are in, they are definitely a League Two side and I think this year will be a good year for the club with a chance for promotion with the players coming in and the squad we already have.
"I had a couple of offers [from elsewhere], but I think this one was the best one for me, at this time in my career as well, with knowing a couple of the lads here already and obviously the gaffer and Doigy, so I think this option was definitely the best one that I could have had".
And Paul Hurst believes that he's got a player who has the right attitude to play for him.
“Ryan is a right-back and he can play centre back", said Hurst. "He’s a good defender and has experience of playing in League One, not a vast amount but he’s had a couple of serious injuries that have maybe thwarted some progress that he could have made and needs a platform now where he can play more regularly and he knows full well that there are no guarantees of that happening, but I do believe that he is capable of playing and forcing his way into the team on a regular basis.
“He’s got the right attitude, he’s committed to what he does, he’s a whole-hearted player who knows how we like to work and I think most people do appreciate how we go about the job and what we demand. I know that's not for everyone but those who do see the benefit and understand the platform we can give these boys to progress.”
You can listen to Ryan's first interview with GTTV on our official YouTube channel below, alongside an update from manager Paul Hurst.
Welcome to Blundell Park, Ryan!