Winger Joe Colbeck 'over the moon' to join Grimsby Town
GRIMSBY Town have today unveiled the signing of former Hereford United winger Joe Colbeck on a two-year deal.
The 25-year-old Yorkshireman is the Mariners’ second new recruit this close-season, following the capture of young forward Andy Cook earlier this month.
And the Telegraph understands that a move for a third new face could be close to completion.
Colbeck played 28 games in League Two for the Edgar Street outfit last season, but left when his contract expired at the end of the campaign as the Bulls were relegated to join Town in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
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Bosses Paul Hurst and Rob Scott moved quickly to offer him a deal and the Bradford-born player was only too happy to accept.
The pacy winger will officially join Town on a free transfer from Hereford on July 1st.
Speaking exclusively to the Telegraph, Colbeck said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have signed for Grimsby Town – it is a tough time for any footballer at the end of the season when you are out of contract, but as soon as Grimsby came along and I heard that they wanted me, I was over the moon.
“This is a massive club with great support so I’m delighted to be part of that.
“I came back from holiday last Thursday and I came up to the club to have a look round and have a chat to the gaffers straight away.
“After a chat with the family, I came back as soon as I could to sign.”
Colbeck came through the ranks at home-town club Bradford City and made 109 appearances at Valley Parade.
He was named as The Bantams’ Player of the Season in the 2007/08 campaign after returning from a short loan spell at Darlington.
But, after turning down a new deal at Bradford, he joined Oldham Athletic in September 2009, before joining Hereford less than a year later.
Colbeck netted once last season – the goal coming in The Bull’s 3-0 win over Crawley in April– but came to the end of his contract this summer, allowing Town to snap him up on a free transfer.
“I’ve been down at Hereford for a few years now and I wanted to come back nearer to my roots” he added.
“I came to the end of my contract after a good couple of years there, apart from the relegation last year, but I wanted to come back nearer home and I’m delighted to be at Grimsby.”
Colbeck added that he “cannot wait” to join up with his new team-mates when they report back for pre-season training on June 27 and start preparations for what he hopes will be a successful season ahead.
He said: “Towards the end of the season, everyone can’t wait to finish and see where you end up, but a few weeks go by and you just can’t wait to get back into it.
“There is nothing better than being back and amongst the lads, training every day so I can’t wait for that.
“From a personal point of view, I want to get into the team and stay in the team and help the team to do well.
“I looked at the table from last season and we only just missed out on the playoffs so hopefully we can kick on, have a successful season, play some entertaining football and be up there again come the end of the season.”