John Welsh and Jake Hessenthaler join Grimsby Town on two-year deals

John Welsh (left) and Jake Hessenthaler
Grimsby Town have now brought in five new players this summer

League Two club Grimsby Town have signed midfielders John Welsh and Jake Hessenthaler on two-year deals.

Welsh, 34, a former England Under-21 international, began his career at Liverpool before playing more than 400 games in England's top four divisions.

He left Preston this summer after six years at the club, having also played for Hull City and Tranmere Rovers.

Hessenthaler, 24, has joined after being released by Gillingham after five years and 181 games.

He joined the Gills from Tamworth in September 2013 and is the son of former player and manager Andy Hessenthaler, now in charge at Eastleigh.

"Jake is a player I have admired for some time." Town boss Michael Jolley told the club website.

"He is highly industrious and fits very well with our belief in hard working and energetic players. He also has quality that can help the team next season."

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