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Hillmen Tempt Griffith Out of Retirement

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Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division North club Glossop North End have signed two players at opposite ends of the experience scale.

The Hillmen have tempted Anthony Griffith out of retirement and have signed youngster Sam Illesanmi on a further loan from Vanarama National League side Tranmere Rovers.

Griffith, 29, is a Montserrat international footballer who started out at Halifax Town.

He turned professional with Doncaster Rovers in 2005 and was loaned out to Oxford United in March 2006, though did not make it onto the pitch.

In 2006/07 he was loaned out to Darlington and Stafford Rangers, before he spent the following campaign on loan at Halifax.

In April 2008 he signed for Port Vale and became a first-team regular and was voted player of the year in 2010.

He continued to impress for the Valiants, and earned a move up a division to Leyton Orient in May 2012.

He returned to Vale on loan in March 2013, and helped the club to secure promotion out of League Two before re-joining on a permanent basis in the summer of 2013.

He signed with Shrewsbury Town in August 2014, before moving on to Carlisle United in January 2015.

Six months later he signed for then-Vanarama National League side Altrincham before retiring in September 2015 due to a hip injury.

Young striker Ilesanmi was handed his first professional contract by Rovers in June after completing his two-year scholarship.

He originally joined the Hillmen on loan from Prenton Park in August and it has been subsequently extended.

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