Grimsby Town: Mariners' promotion ambition attracted me - Andy Cook
FORWARD Andy Cook has today become Grimsby Town's first signing of the summer – revealing that it was the club's ambition that clinched the deal.
The 21-year-old former Barrow man has penned a two-year deal at Blundell Park with the option of a further year, after rejecting the Cumbrian outfit's offer of a new contract.
Due to the age of the player, the two clubs are currently in negotiation to reach an agreement on a fee. If these discussions fail, however, the Telegraph understands that the amount would be set by an FA tribunal.
The six-foot-tall north easterner scored 17 goals in 39 outings for the Bluebirds last season, including two hat-tricks.
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He was the club's top scorer last campaign and attracted interest from a number of clubs.
In an exclusive interview with the Telegraph, Cook said it was the size and ambition of the Mariners that convinced him to make the move to Cleethorpes.
He said: "As soon as I found out that Grimsby were interested, I knew where I wanted to go.
"They are a massive club that wants to push on and get back into the Football League, and I want to be part of that.
"When I spoke to the managers, they gave me the right impression and really made me feel wanted, which was important to me. Grimsby is a club on the up and I am really excited to be part of that – I'm over the moon to have signed."