Cleethorpes Town have announced that former Grimsby Town and Lincoln City star Matthew Bloomer has joined the Owls on a duel-signing with Harrogate Town.

The 37 year old centre-back will be eligible to play for both Cleethorpes Town and Harrogate in a deal between managers Marcus Newell and John McDermott.

Bloomer had three separate spells with his home town club Grimsby Town, having also played for Hull City, Lincoln City, Telford United, Cambridge United and Boston United.

Owls Media Officer Craig Kendall spoke to the Owls latest signing on Wednesday and he said, “I joined the club last week as part of a duel signing with Harrogate Town. I was in and out of the squad at Harrogate and after speaking to John he mentioned about the possibility of joining Cleethorpes Town to get much needed match play. Marcus mentioned he wanted a centre-back so it was the perfect option all round.”

He added, “I wanted game time and I have played twice since signing in the first week which is great as I haven’t played much this season at Harrogate. The lads here are a great bunch and they know what they are doing. I have been keeping an eye on their results so far this season and they are flying, not only in the league but also in the FA Vase.”

Speaking about his career so far, “I have played for Grimsby Town a few times, then I moved to Lincoln in League Two. I played at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff as Wembley was being built at the time and with Clee doing very well in the Vase, you never know!”

Manager Newell said, “I have been having discussions with John at Harrogate for a while with regards to Matthew about how much game time he is getting and whether or not he would like to come down and play for us. Matthew wants to be playing football and we were at stage were we could offer him a chance to come and get fitness and to get much need match time.”

“He has played at a much higher level with both Grimsby and Lincoln. He has over 125 league appearances under his belt and that experience is brilliant, not just for me as the manager but also for the other players. Matthew is a local lad and that is the way I want to keep it. All of our players where born in the local vicinity and I want to instill this as the ethos of the club.”

Cleethorpes Town are in action at home tomorrow against Albion Sports at the Bradley Community Stadium, with a 3pm kick-off.

Source: Cleethorpes Town FC

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