Grimsby Town set to confirm signing of Sam Hatton
GRIMSBY Town are today expected to finalise their third signing of the summer – with former AFC Wimbledon defender Sam Hatton believed to be the new man.
The Telegraph understands the 24-year-old full-back will put pen to paper on a deal and become the Mariners’ latest signing following the capture of former Barrow forward Andy Cook and Joe Colbeck earlier this week.
Hatton, who played over 40 League Two games for the Dons last season, began his career at Stevenage Borough after graduating through the club’s Academy.
He only made one senior appearance for the Borough however, and was loaned to a number of clubs before being signed by AFC Wimbledon in 2007.
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During his time at Kingsmeadow, Hatton was an integral part of three promotion-winning sides, including that which secured club’s promotion to the Football League in 2011 – a season which saw Hatton named as the supporter’s player of the year.
The Hertfordshire-born player has also been capped twice by the England C select side, playing against the Republic of Ireland in 2010 and Belgium last year.
However, last month Hatton was released when Don’s boss Terry Brown announced that the club would not be taking up the option of extending his contract, adding that it was “one of the hardest decisions” he had ever made as a manager.
Speaking on the club’s official website, Brown said: “Sam was one of my first signings when I took over. He has been a fantastic servant to the club.
“He was instrumental in taking us from the Ryman League to the Football League and I have no doubt that he will continue to have a successful career in football.
“Releasing Sam was definitely one of the hardest decisions I have had to make as a manager.”
Hatton, who has also played as a midfielder, would strengthen defensive options following the departure of Gary Silk and Connor Townsend, who left the club at the end of the season when his loan from Hull City ended.