‘Riddled with injuries’ – Fans react as former Blackpool man makes League Two switch

Sean Scannell has today been confirmed as the latest signing for League Two side Grimsby Town, penning a two-year deal with the club.

The 29-year-old was a free agent after leaving Bloomfield Road at the end of last season, following a disappointing stint for the Seasiders. He was signed by former boss Simon Grayson but only appeared eight times for the Seasiders, scoring once against Lincoln City.

He’s since been on trial with the Mariners, and Ian Holloway ensured he moved quickly, adding him to the Mariners’ ranks for two years after an impressive showing. Scannell, who has been capped by the Republic of Ireland up to Under 21 level, started his career at Crystal Palace, scoring 13 times in 141 outings, including 130 in the Championship.

That led him to Huddersfield Town, where he bagged eight times in 158 Championship outings, leaving as they were promoted to the Premier League.  Since then he’s struggled for games, appearing 18 times on loan for Burton, as well as spells with Bradford and Blackpool which brought little success.

Scannell spoke of his admiration for his new manager, who was a key driver in taking him to Blundell Park. “I’ve known Ollie for a few years now and to play for a manager like Ollie is all that I’ve wanted for. As soon as I spoke to him I wanted to come straight away,” he said.

“I’m a winger, but I like to play anywhere – left, right, number 10, I’ve even played up front a few times as well. I just like to get at players,” he added.

Whilst he sounds like the perfect addition to a squad; fast, direct and with higher-league experience, he is prone to the odd injury and that’s prompted some concern from Mariners fans, as has his rather unenthusiastic facial expression in his official club picture.

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