Grimsby Town have secured a deal to bring striker Lennell John-Lewis back to Blundell Park for an undisclosed fee.
It reunites the 31-year-old with manager Paul Hurst, for whom he has appeared not only in the black and white of Grimsby but the blue and yellow of Shrewsbury too.
After appearing for Grantham Town as a youngster, he was snapped up by Lincoln City, making his debut in the FA Cup against Port Vale. he appeared 81 times for the Imps, scoring nine goals, before being released by then-manager Chris Sutton.
He joined fellow League Two side Bury not long after and scored nine goals in three seasons at Gigg Lane before first joining Grimsby Town. It was at Blundell Park he started scoring goals, 30 in 111 outings, one of which came in the play-off final of 2015, putting his side 1-0 up. They went on to lose to Bristol Rovers on penalties, and John-Lewis left for Newport County in League Two.
He scored five in 34 for Newport, before getting an eyebrow-raising move to League One Shrewsbury, where he scored five in 60 across two seasons as the challenged for promotion to the Championship. He was released by the club a year ago and has recently been plying his trade in non-league with Hereford United.
Grimsby fans, who sing ‘his name is a shop’ and the popular but not prolific striker, have been reacting to the news of his return on social media. they’ve been joined by fans of a few other clubs though, making for an interesting mix of reaction.
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Hugely disappointing for Hereford but our board are a joke. Always going to go for the right price so our statement was embarrassing. I’m sure Grimsby will go down now – surely you’ve watched our games?! He can’t play 2 games a week in NLN cos of his body, how will he cope in L2?
— Mark Sands (@sandshufc) February 1, 2021
smashed in some critical Pens in the past, with no fear in stepping forward and he will shoot for goal when he gets the chance! Although some will clear the Pontoon if my memory is correct!
— Haydn Sandvig 🇬🇧 (@HaydnSandvig) February 1, 2021
Your name is a shop, your name is a shoooooop, Lenell John-Lewis, your name is a shop!
— Tom W🔴🔴 (@Valiant_Virgil) February 1, 2021
National league north? Damn we are in trouble
— ben1878 (@benEFC2020) February 1, 2021
Great cover for Hanson. Welcome back Lenny
— Gary Heathcote (@GaryHeathcote8) February 1, 2021
Tinpot club. gg Physio for walking into the net and timewasting. pic.twitter.com/BB8QBN8x7p
— Billy (@bcb1994) February 1, 2021
Excellent work….. exactly what level of the pyramid are you prepping for 🤔😂
— Marcus Clayson (@MarcusClayson) February 1, 2021