Ex-Grimsby Town Standout Makes Top Flight Move

Former Grimsby Town winger Abo Eisa has joined Thai League 1 side Nongbua Pitchaya, according to the club’s Instagram.

The move comes after Eisa was released by the Mariners at the end of the season, which did come as somewhat of a surprise given the year that he had.

For Grimsby on the whole, it was an extremely disappointing year, and was one which almost saw them get relegated out of the EFL altogether. David Artell’s side would eventually finish in 21st, seven points ahead of the relegated Sutton United and Forest Green Rovers. Last season was very much a wake-up call and better will be expected next term.

As a result, there was somewhat of an overhaul at Blundell Park, which saw 11 players named on the club’s retained and released list. Eisa was one of those but he has already found himself a new club in the form of Thai side Nongbua Pitchaya. The Gamecocks will be playing in Thailand’s top flight next season following their promotion from the second division last term and Eisa could well become an integral part of the squad.

He’s joining fresh off of the back of a rather successful season at a personal level which saw him rack up nine goals and a further four assists for the Mariners in just 32 League Two games. That would be his only season in a Grimsby shirt, and arguably his best of his career.

He’d join the summer prior from fellow League Two side Bradford City and had a fair bit to prove following on form a disappointing spell with the Bantams. Before his time in Yorkshire he’d played for the likes of Scunthorpe United, Shrewsbury Town and Colchester United, the most successful spell of the three being with the former.

Now 28, it will be Eisa’s first time playing senior football, bar that on the international stage for Sudan, not in England, and he’ll be hoping to continue last season’s form for his new side.

Writer’s View

It’s potentially a bit of a surprise to see Eisa make a move away from the EFL after a productive year for Grimsby but perhaps a complete change of scenery was attractive to the player. He’s never quite hit the heights that were once expected of him in England but his time with the Mariners showcased his ability.

The move to Thailand is certainly a new test for the winger but it could be one that works out rather well for him if able to cope with the switch to a rather different environment.

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