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Jordan Cropper helped Grimsby Town return to the Football League with a play-off win at the end of last season and he’ll remain at Grimsby next season where he will team up again with Anthony Glennon.

Cropper was released by Burnley a year ago but was recovering from a long term injury. Once fully fit in March this year, he signed for Grimsby and went on to play a big part as they reached and then won the play-offs with victory against Solihull Moors.

Earlier this week, the 22-year-old signed a one year deal with the Mariners and today he’s been joined by Anthony Glennon (pictured) who himself is no stranger to Blundell Park. He moved there on loan from Burnley in January 2020 and made twelve appearances in League Two, scoring once in a 2-2 draw against Forest Green.

His stay was cut short when the season was ended in March and he returned to Burnley and made three cup appearances, making a start in the FA Cup defeat against Bournemouth. Having spent the first half of last season captaining the under-23s, he signed on loan for Barrow, making his debut for them in a 5-4 FA Cup defeat, scoring Barrow’s second goal. Despite an injury that kept him out for much of the final month of the season, he went on to make sixteen appearances at Barrow.

He was released by the Clarets at the end of the season but has now signed a two year deal with Grimsby and he’s delighted. “I’m absolutely buzzing to be back,” he said. “I loved every minute of my time here when I was on loan and I can’t wait to get going. When I spoke with the manager it was an easy decision for me. I can’t wait to get going and hopefully this season can be just as progressive as the last.”

His new manager Paul Hurst said: “I haven’t worked with him before, but I know he impressed when he was last here. Another factor which is important to me is his character. Everyone I’ve spoken to talks highly about the way he trains and his commitment to the job.

“He leaves Burnley where he was well thought of. Like with Jordan Cropper, we really feel these lads have a good grounding, and we want that to continue with us.”

Two more young players who have left the Clarets and won contracts with a Football League club. We wish them both the very best.

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