Grimsby Town goalkeeper Greg Fleming looking to help Mariners to promotion
IT was a case of friends reunited for goalkeeper Greg Fleming on his first day as a Grimsby Town player.
The Scottish stopper took part in his first full training session with his new team-mates yesterday after signing a one-year deal at Blundell Park.
And there were some familiar faces for the 25-year-old – who impressed in his trial game against Hull City earlier this month.
Fleming played with Derek Niven at Chesterfield and knows Joe Colbeck from their time at Oldham Athletic together.
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And the Edinburgh man said his old team-mates have helped him to settle into a group that he feels is more than capable of mounting a promotion push this season.
Speaking exclusively to the Telegraph, he said: "I'm really pleased to have signed for Grimsby.
"Obviously I played in the game against Hull and really enjoyed it.
"It was clear to me that there's a great set of lads here and I knew that Grimsby would be pushing for promotion this season, so I wanted to be part of that.
"I knew Derek Niven at Chesterfield and Joe Colbeck from when we were at Oldham together, so they have helped me to settle in, but everyone at the club has made me feel really welcome.
"The managers don't want to be in this league; they want to get promotion to the football league, so to be part of a promotion push was a big draw for me."
Fleming began his career with Livingston but didn't make an appearances for the club and eventually signed for Gretna in 2005.
However, just three year's later he was one of 40 club staff to be released due to severe financial problems.
He enjoyed a three-year stay at Oldham Athletic before spells at Dunfermline Athletic, Galway United in Ireland and Chesterfield.
After something of a nomadic career, the father-of-two is now looking forward to settling down and establishing himself with Grimsby Town.
He said: "There was a bit of interest in me after leaving Chesterfield, but it was always a case of 'we'll wait and see'.
"But I've got a wife and two kids to support.
"so when I heard that Grimsby were interested, for me it was just a case of signing the papers and getting it done and I'm glad to be here.
"I've played in Scotland, Ireland and at a number of clubs in England so I've been moved around quite a bit already in my career.
"It's been good doing that and getting different experiences but now I want to start getting settled.
"I'm going to be moving to the area.
"It's just a case now of finding a place for the family, but I've been speaking to Kenny Arthur about where to look and he's been a big help.
"I've got two kids and it's not fair to keep uprooting them every few years, so hopefully we can get sorted soon.
"I've signed a one-year deal with Grimsby so we'll see what happens. I'm really looking forward to it."