Striker Greg Pearson joins 'on the up' Grimsby Town
GRIMSBY Town will today announce the signing of former Burton Albion frontman Greg Pearson.
The 27-year-old, who began his career at West Ham United, has signed a one-year deal at Blundell Park following his release from the Pirelli Stadium in May.
Pearson will be remembered by Mariners fans for scoring a stunning opening goal in Town's 3-0 defeat to the Brewers on the final day of the 2009/10 season – a game that confirmed the club's relegation from the Football League.
But after sealing a move to Cleethorpes, the six-foot forward said that he is now determined to score the goals to erase those painful memories and fire the Mariners to promotion this season.
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Speaking exclusively to the Telegraph, he said: "I said to the managers when I signed that I did score against Grimsby in that game, but I think it would be a harsh man who held that against me!
"Now I'm here, I want to get in the team and help score the goals to be successful.
"I've won this league and played for other clubs in this league before, so I know what it's about and what it takes to be successful at this level.
"The aim is to do that with Grimsby.
"It is obviously a big club, with a strong fan-base that's probably bigger than Burton's, so I am excited for my future here.
"It is a club that is looking forward and one that wants to be in the league, which is exactly where I want to be."
A former West Ham trainee, Pearson had spells with Town's derby rivals Lincoln City, Canvey Island, Rushden & Diamonds and Bishop's Stortford – where he won the Conference South player of the year and golden boot awards – before joining Burton in 2008.
He fired the Brewers Football League promotion in his first season at the club, scoring 20 goals in all competitions.
But after spending spells on loan at Aldershot and latterly Crewe Alexandra, who won promotion to League One via the play-offs last season, he was released from the Staffordshire club in May.
After spending a summer out of contract, a delighted Pearson said he was attracted by the ambition shown to him by Town.
He said: "It has been an indifferent season for me. It's the first time I have been out of contract for a long time so it was a different experience, but I'm very pleased to finally be here and can't wait to get started.
"It is a good place for me to be and I just want to contribute and do whatever I can to help the club achieve success.
"The managers here are ambitious as are all the staff around the place and they are going for promotion next year – if that wasn't the main aim here, I wouldn't have signed.
"I'm looking forward to meeting up with the rest of the lads, kicking on and fulfilling that aim."