Grimsby add Anthony Church to Boston recruits

Anthony Church
Church has been managed by Paul Hurst and Rob Scott at three clubs

Grimsby Town have added midfielder Anthony Church to their recruits from Boston United, following Shaun Pearson's much-trailed move last week.

As with Pearson, Boston will be due compensation for Church, 23, who has signed a one-year deal at Grimsby.

Grimsby failed to agree compensation with Boston for 22-year-old defender Pearson, and compensation for both players will be settled at tribunal.

Grimsby have also signed former Peterborough keeper James McKeown.

The 21-year-old McKeown, who had been playing in the Netherlands, played on loan at Boston last season under Grimsby's current joint bosses Paul Hurst and Rob Scott.

Church, who scored 19 times in 92 appearances for the Pilgrims, also played for Hurst and Scott at Ilkeston, before following them to Boston in July 2009.

Pearson, meanwhile, signed a two-year deal at Blundell Park last week in time for the start of pre-season training, after Boston chairman David Newton dismissed the Mariners' compensation offer for him as "way too low".

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