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Grantham Town announce fourth signing of summer transfer window

Grantham Town have announced their fourth summer signing.

The Gingerbreads have welcomed Ben Middleton as the latest signing to The Meres as their preparations continue for the upcoming 2020/21 season.

Middleton has joined from Lincolnshire rivals and Vanarama National League North outfit Boston United, in a move which will see him reunite with manager Martin McIntosh, who he had a loan spell under at Buxton.

Ben Middleton has joined Grantham from nearby Boston United (37560102)
Ben Middleton has joined Grantham from nearby Boston United (37560102)

After bringing in versatile defender, Ben Turner, earlier in the window, the signing of Middleton will add further stability to Town's backline.

The 25-year-old expressed his happiness about joining the Gingerbreads, as well as the reasons behind his decision to drop a division to link up with his former boss once more.

He said: “I am really happy to be here.

“It’s a new challenge for me coming to play here and it’s one that I am really excited by and am looking forward to getting started as soon as we can.

“I’ve played against Grantham a couple times before in pre-season friendlies and have worked under the manager and Tim Ryan during my time on loan at Buxton and to work with them again was a no-brainer.”

Middleton also admitted he was impressed by the ambition of everyone at the club and it made his decision even easier to join the Gingerbreads.

He continued: “When I was told about the plans and ambitions the club had by both the manager and the chairman it really appealed to me.

“I didn’t have the best of years last season personally, as I didn’t play as much as I would have liked to and the opportunity to hopefully impress and get regular games made my choice even easier.

“I have a lot of trust towards the management and want to help the team as much as I can, and finish as high as possible up the table.”

The former Doncaster Rovers academy player traditionally operates at right-back but is also comfortable in the centre of defence and gave the fans an insight into the type of player he is.

He added: “I’d like to say I am an aggressive player who will put absolutely everything on the line with big tackles and being solid at the back.

“I was originally a centre-back but recently found myself playing as a right-back more often, but no matter what I will give my all wherever the manager plays me.

“As a right-back I tend to be more of a defensive player as oppose to going forward whereas if I am playing centrally, I like to play with the ball at my feet and bring it out from the back and start the attacks.”

Middleton isn’t the only signing at The Meres with McIntosh also adding two new players - as well as a returning player - to the squad.

Experienced goalkeeper Jan Budtz has joined the club from Rossington Main, whilst midfielder Alistair Taylor has signed from Buxton as the squad continues to take shape for the new season.

In addition, Shane Clarke has returned to the Gingerbreads have featured at the end of last season when Martin McIntosh took charge of two games before the season was curtailed.

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