Dean Keates, manager of Vanarama National League club Wrexham, has announced that he has captured another player high up on his wish list for this summer with the arrival of central defender Shaun Pearson.
Having spent the last six seasons, he has amassed over 250 appearances for Grimsby Town, plus several years with Spalding United, Stamford AFC and Boston United.
He helped the Pilgrims to promotion in 2010 back into the Conference (National League) North following their rapid descent out of the Football League.
It was his displays at York Street, that persuaded his former managers, by then at Grimsby, that he could make the switched to full-time football.
He arrived at Blundell Park in 2011, before going on to establish himself in the Mariners’ line-up and earning an England C cap along the way.
As Grimsby pushed for promotion there were a few disappointments along the way, with play-off defeats and that FA Trophy loss to Wrexham in 2013.
But in the end, Town’s consistency finally paid off and at the end of the 2015/16 season, they saw off Forest Green Rovers at Wembley to return to the Football League.
“That’s what I’m looking for at Wrexham, promotion back to the league,” said Pearson, following thirty-eight appearances back in League Two last season.
“I’m delighted to be here, and once the situation at Grimsby was made clear, there were some options for me, but this was the most appealing and we sorted it out nice and quickly.
“I had been at Grimsby for six years, so it took us a little longer than hoped for to get up, but eventually we did it and it was a great first year back in the Football League.
“Now I’m hoping in the two years here, we can emulate what we achieve there.”
A native of York, Pearson’s family moved to East Anglia when he was small, so he grew up there and attended University in Norwich as his football career developed in that part of the world.
Pearson has agreed a two-year contract with the club.
— Shaun Pearson (@shaunpearson5) May 18, 2017